Speedb Names Data Structures Expert Niv Dayan to its Advisory Board


University of Toronto professor, formerly with Pliops, to help Speedb define new strategies for expanding its drop-in replacement for RocksDB in open source and enterprise editions

Speedb (, the company behind the Speedb data engine, a drop-in replacement for RocksDB, named acclaimed data structures researcher Niv Dayan to its advisory board.

Niv Dayan designs and optimizes the data structures used in modern database systems. His research examines new ways to scale storage engines for 100x Big Data by revisiting a classic challenge in computer science: how to scale core dictionary data structures such that their performance deteriorates as slowly as possible with respect to massive increases in data size. He holds five registered patents, has authored 19 peer-reviewed papers, two of which won ACM SIGMOD awards for excellence, and has guest lectured at the world’s leading universities and technology companies, including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Imperial College London, Technion, Meta (formerly Facebook), IBM Research, Microsoft Research and Samsung.

Beginning in January 2023 Dayan will officially join the University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor – a role for which he has been recruiting world-class students and postdoctoral fellows to a new lab for the past six months. He has spent the past three years as a research scientist in industry, including at Pliops from 2019 until early 2022. He frequently collaborates with industry partners, especially young startups, to keep his work grounded and helpful to real-world users. A former postdoctoral researcher at Harvard and the University of Copenhagen, Dayan holds a Ph.D. and an MSc. in software development and technology from the IT University of Copenhagen.

Acting as strategic advisors to Speedb’s executives and board of directors, Speedb’s advisory board helps to define new features and markets for Speedb’s pioneering drop-in replacement for RocksDB, the de facto standard Embedded key value store (KVS).

As the explosion of metadata impacts the performance of more databases, streaming applications, AI/ML, cybersecurity, analytics, and other scale-out deployments, the Speedb data engine enables developers to boost their metadata performance by switching from RocksDB to Speedb, a change that simply requires changing a few lines of code in their applications. Speedb’s technology is available in either an enterprise edition, sold through strategic partners such as Redis and others, or as an open source data engine available at GitHub and The Hive, Speedb’s open source community and dev site.

“We are honored to have attracted such an outstanding technical mind to Speedb’s strategic advisory team,” said Adi Gelvan, co-founder and CEO of Speedb. “With Niv’s deep insights into the academics behind the problem we are solving with Speedb’s data engine technology, we will gain new insights on ways to approach users’ needs and innovative use cases that can propel our growth.” 2022

Speedb will showcase its technology at the RocksDB In-Person MeetUp at the Meta/Facebook headquarters, Wednesday December 7, 2022 at 4 pm PT.

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