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Meet Oleg Levin

The basics!


1- What do you do at NuoDB?

Oleg: Try to resolve REALLY complicated problems (and thoroughly enjoy doing it!).  I lead the group responsible for NuoDB’s atom layer, focusing on our product’s performance and mapping future development.

2- When did you start at NuoDB?

Oleg: March 15, 2011.  I was Employee #5.

3- What projects have you been working on at NuoDB? 

Oleg: I’ve been working on NuoDB changes to ensure its best performance with TPC-C benchmark.  We use its implementation called DBT-2.

4- What was the biggest challenge?

Oleg: More like what IS the biggest challenge!  We need to prove to the world that we do in fact scale, while at the same time maintaining high performance.  The scaling part isn’t so hard – it’s producing exponential performance that’s the challenge.

5- What have you done to make your project successful?

Oleg: Worked A LOT (editor’s note: we’re talking 10+ hours a day, 6 days a week).  Drank A LOT of coffee.  Repeatedly beat my head against the wall… hah!

Want to read more about Oleg’s latest work?  Check out this techblog post detailing the NuoDB DBT-2 Scale-out Performance Results.

And now for some Wild Cards!

1- What is your strangest habit?

Oleg: Listening to soundtracks (at work).  I’m a big fan of the soundtracks for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Crimson Tide, The Last of the Mohicans, and Game of Thrones.

2- Where is the coolest place you’ve ever been?

Oleg: Lacoste, France.  The food, the wine, the nature… everything is beautiful!  Florence, Italy would be a close second.  I took my son there because he’s big into the game Assassin’s Creed.

3- Who is your favorite fictional character?

Oleg: Sherlock Holmes.  I’ve read all the books, watched the shows, and seen the movies.  I actually really love the Robert Downey, Jr. version…

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