Mesa: A geo-replicated online data warehouse for google's advertising system

Ashish Gupta, Fan Yang, Jason Govig, Adam Kirsch, Kelvin Chan, Kevin Lai, Shuo Wu, Sandeep Dhoot, Abhilash Rajesh Kumar, Ankur Agiwal, Sanjay Bhansali, Mingsheng Hong, Jamie Cameron, Masood Siddiqi, David Jones, Jeff Shute, Andrey Gubarev, Shivakumar Venkataraman, Divyakant Agrawal

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Mesa is a highly scalable analytic data warehousing system that stores critical measurement data related to Google's Internet advertising business. Mesa is designed to satisfy a complex and challenging set of user and systems requirements, including near real-Time data ingestion and retrieval, as well as high availability, reliability, fault tolerance, and scalability for large data and query volumes. Specifically, Mesa handles petabytes of data, processes millions of row updates per second, and serves billions of queries that fetch trillions of rows per day. Mesa is geo-replicated across multiple datacenters and provides consistent and repeatable query answers at low latency, even when an entire datacenter fails. This paper presents the Mesa system and reports the performance and scale that it achieves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


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Gupta, A., Yang, F., Govig, J., Kirsch, A., Chan, K., Lai, K., Wu, S., Dhoot, S., Kumar, A. R., Agiwal, A., Bhansali, S., Hong, M., Cameron, J., Siddiqi, M., Jones, D., Shute, J., Gubarev, A., Venkataraman, S., & Agrawal, D. (2016). Mesa: A geo-replicated online data warehouse for google's advertising system. Communications of the ACM, 59(7), 117-125.