Memcached is an open source project that provides an extremely simple extremely fast name/value store, widely used for caching database results and web pages. It takes the load off database servers, and speeds up website responsiveness.
Find out how memcached works, what you can use it for, and how to add support for it in your own sites and projects.
My day job is working with open source communities and hacking on open source software. I was formerly Senior Technology Advisor for the Sun Cloud, and was formerly a member of MySQL Professional Services, specializing in custom server hacks. I am a coauthor of the OAuth Core specification. I have been involved in projects to build large self-configuring internet networks, including a widely deployed net-connected CATV consumer appliance, a PSTN internet application, and a Mil-Spec decision support intel application. I live in Seattle.