Simon Willison’s Weblog

How Discord Stores Billions of Messages (via) Fascinating article from 2017 describing how Discord migrated their primary message store to Cassandra (from MongoDB, but I could easily see them making the same decision if they had started with PostgreSQL or MySQL). The trick with scalable NoSQL databases like Cassandra is that you need to have a very deep understanding of the kinds of queries you will need to answer—and Discord had exactly that. In the article they talk about their desire to eventually migrate to Scylla (a compatible Cassandra alternative written in C++)—in the Hacker News comments they confirm that in 2021 they are using Scylla for a few things but they still have their core messages in Cassandra.