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Interview with Mark Wong


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Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I am from Portland, Oregon, and started getting involved with PostgreSQL in 2003. My career in this industry started prior to that by learning how to run TPC benchmarks for a hardware company called Sequent Computer Systems. That eventually transitioned to applying that experience to open source software at the Open Source Development Labs. Now I work for EDB as a Performance Engineer and spend time helping the PostgreSQL community in a variety of areas where I’ve been recognized as a Major Contributor.

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

My training will be about the TPC Benchmark™ C. I will try to explain how this benchmark works, what is involved in generating results, and give folks a chance to run the benchmark themselves, albeit on their own laptops. We won’t get stunning numbers off a laptop, but it’s still a good way to get some practice in.

This benchmark has been around for 30 years and it’s fascinating to see how it’s being used with open source software. There are other benchmarks out there but there is only enough time to try to dive into a single benchmark.

Do you have any hobbies?

One hobby of mine that could be popular here is crocheting stuffed elephants. There are some pictures on Twitter.

The pattern is freely available on Ravelry, translated in multiple languages, if you are looking for a new hobby.