George Takei Helps Facebook Debug MySQL

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Actor George Takei is best known for his role as Lieutenant Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series and movies. In recent years he has made memorable cameo appearances on network TV shows, including Heroes, The Big Bang Theory, Celebrity Apprentice and the Facebook Engineering blog.

Wait – what was that last one? In today’s update on the Facebook Engineering blog, Mark Callaghan discusses theĀ challenges inĀ getting MySQL to scale on Facebook’s multi-core servers. The post provides technical insight into Facebook’s scalability initiatives, and then gives a shout out to Takei for helping resolve a database issue.

“George Takei has a lot of fans with us and since we’ve all Liked his Page, a while back some of us saw an update from him about an inconsistency in his Facebook experience,” Callaghan writes. “We realized what he was experiencing was an issue we were already trying to fix on the database side, so when we saw him post, it gave us more information that helped us get closer to resolving the issue. This allowed us to improve his experience, and in turn, the experience of everyone else on Facebook.”

Takei’s Facebook page has more than 1.2 million followers, who enjoy a steady stream of humor tailored for the Trekkies and techies.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. I love George Takei, but this article is absurd. "Facebook user makes post about glitch, engineers happen to read it, realize connection to ongoing issue and use this data in their work". "Facebook user" didn't do jack, and neither did George.

  2. Sean

    I experienced the same problems last fall. FB's "help" pages were a joke. When i finally got something logged that i had an issue i got the auto reply email and that was the last i'd ever heard. In Jan i closed my FB account. No regrets.