About Me


Hi there. My name is Michael Malis. I’m a software engineer in San Francisco working on optimizing the performance of dozens of multi-terabyte Postgres instances at Heap. I’ve found Postgres to be an incredibly complex and fascinating piece of software and decided to start blogging about how Postgres works.

In the summer of 2015 I attended the Recurse Center. While there, I developed all sorts of fun programs. I wrote a Quine relay, a program to play Minesweeper, a program that could solve a riddle I was not able to solve, and much more. If you want to become a better programmer, I highly recommend that you apply to the Recurse Center.

After Recurse Center, I found my way to Heap. When I first joined Heap, I was put in charge of optimizing the performance of Heap’s Postgres cluster. At the time, I knew next to nothing about Postgres, but since then, I have been learning everything I can about how to make Postgres faster.

In 2019 I launched Perfalytics, a tool for Postgres performance monitoring.

If you want to contact me, my email is michaelmalis2@gmail.com.