Thursday, April 7, 2022

10:30 AM  - 11:45 AM

Meadowlark is a reference implementation from Ed-Fi with working technology to match what the future of Ed-Fi infrastructure may look like in cloud provider environments such as Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. This session will provide details on work-to-date into Meadowlark and open a discussion on how this technology and model may be used in the future for scalable, secure Ed-Fi implementations.

These broad session notes attempt to capture the spirit of the discussion and should not be interpreted as a transcript. Although Ed-Fi Alliance staff were involved in capturing these observations, the notes below should not be construed as official, complete, or 100% accurate.

Project Meadowlark and cloud architecture was met with a great deal of excitement.  The audience was filled with people who were most interested in seeing what a next generation architecture for the ODS/API could look like.  Here were a few discussion points:

    • Agreement on:
      • needing a more modular platform as envisioned with Meadowlark;
      • data streams / events open up many new possibilities
      • eventual consistency in the datastore is acceptable.
    • Points of concern:
      • relaxing foreign keys sounds useful, until everyone starts relaxing foreign keys and stops fixing data problems in the upstream systems.
      • Can a document database such as MongoDB handle this type of volume?
      • How much will something like this cost?
      • Do we know anything yet about performance tuning?
    • Suggestions:
      • convene a SIG or work group to help this take shape and to recruit participants who can help with code and/or testing.
      • Ensure that we’re addressing important questions early, addressing field needs such as what year-specific systems would look like and how to handle start of a new school year.
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