Inside Cassandra – C* is an interesting piece of software for many reasons, but it is especially interesting in its use of elegant data structures and algorithms. This talk will focus on the data structures and algorithms that make C* such a scalable and performant database. We will walk along the write, read and delete paths exploring the low-level details of how each of these operations work. We will also explore some of the background processes that maintain availability and performance. The goal of this talk is to gain a deeper understanding of C* by exploring the low-level details of its implementation.