My name is Ryan Zezeski. I sometimes go by the
handle Z. I’m a computer programmer living in South
Baltimore City. I was once a core contributor to
distributed database. Now my focus is on operating systems,
especially the illumos kernel. My software interests have
varied greatly over the years: including distributed systems,
databases, information retrieval, and systems programming.
These days I either have my nose buried in an old Unix book or
I'm debugging something with DTrace.
Programming has been a passion since 14, but not my sole
interest. I enjoy reading, weight lifting, golfing, movies,
gambling, and drinking with friends.
A benchmarking tool written in Erlang. Primarily
used to benchmark Riak, but can benchmark other
databases as well as storage subsystems like
LevelDB. Most of my contributions were bug fixes
but I also created
to test search systems like Riak Search and
The Erlang Virtual Machine and OTP library. I
fixed DTrace support
in the build.
I’ve made several contributions to illumos and the
illumos-based operating system SmartOS. It’s where
I spend most of my time these days.
I was a core contributor to the Riak database from
the years 2010 to 2014. And employed as a senior
developer at Basho for most of that time. I
contributed to many parts of Riak
Search, Luawk, Merge
Test. My initial focus was on fixing bugs and
reviewing code in the fundamental parts: Core and
KV. But after fixing a few bugs in Riak Search I
became very interested in Information Retrieval.
At that point the majority of my focus was turned
to bettering Riak’s query potential by improving
Riak Seach. This ultimately lead to the creation
the successor to Riak Search.