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Speaker Interview: David Steele

High Performance pgBackRest   Wednesday 16:20   Casablanca

Twitter: @pgbackrest LinkedIn: davidsteele Company website: Website:

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I am the Principal Architect at Crunchy Data and have been working with PostgreSQL since 1999. What started as a hobby has grown into a career!

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

I am a PostgreSQL contributor, primary author and maintainer of pgBackRest, and co-author and maintainer of pgAudit.

Have you enjoyed previous or FOSDEM conferences, either as attendee or as speaker?

I have attended three EU conferences (Dublin, Vienna, Tallinn) and spoken at two of them (Vienna, Tallinn).

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

My talk will be about configuring pgBackRest for performance. I've been doing introductory talks for a few years (along with some other speakers) so I thought a more advanced talk would be of interest to the community.

What is the audience for your talk?

Users of pgBackRest who are interested in performance and potential new users who have large databases to backup.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

No particular knowledge is required, but some familiarity with configuring pgBackRest may make the talk more valuable.

What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 11 which you like most?

I'm most interested in executor partition pruning. This really fulfills the promise of the partitioning introduced in PostgreSQL 10 and makes it a full-fledged feature.

Which other talk at this year’s conference would you like to see?

So many interesting talks … I can’t pick just one!