Jason Sirota explains with code samples how to combine caching with asynchronous IO using memcached, Membase and Ketchup in order to maximize the throughput of an application.
Adam Wiggins believes that now is the time of horizontal scalability achieved by using resources that are transient, shardable and share nothing with other resources. He gives as example several applications and a language: memcached, CouchDB, Hadoop, Redis, Varnish, RabbitMQ, Erlang, detailing how each one applies those principles.
In this presentation from QCon San Francisco 2009, Billy Newport discusses the ways that developers interact with key/value (KV) stores such as memcached and WebSphere eXtreme Scale, entity vs column-oriented approaches, synchronous and asynchronous operations, large data sets, using a DBMS as a column store, collocating closures and data, and features that could be added to increase scalability.
In this presentation from RubyFringe, Tobias Lütke talks about memcached, the widely used caching solution. Tobias explains how to use it and gives some practical tips on what not to do.