Tuesday, November 19 • 10:55am - 11:30am
Blazin’ Fast PromQL - Tom Wilkie, Grafana Labs

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PromQL, the Prometheus Query Language, is a concise, powerful and increasingly popular language for querying time series data. But PromQL queries can take a long time when they have to consider >100k series and months of data. Even with Prometheus’ compression, a 90 day query over 200k series can touch ~100GB of data.

In this talk we will present a series of techniques employed by Cortex (a CNCF project for clustered Prometheus) for accelerating PromQL queries -- namely query results caching, time slice parallelisation, aggregation sharding and automatic recoding rule substitutions.

But there’s more: we will show how you can use this technology to get these improvements with Thanos and Prometheus. Finally, we will cover optimisations to the PromQL engine by the Cortex team, and how these have already been merged upstream to benefit the whole community.


Tom Wilkie

VP Product, Grafana Labs
Tom is VP Product at Grafana Labs, but really he is a software engineer. Tom is a maintainer on the Prometheus project and a maintainer and the original author of Cortex, both CNCF projects. Previously Tom founded Kausal, a company working on Prometheus, and worked at companies such... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:55am - 11:30am PST
Room 11AB - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level