We built a drop-in replacement for the Presto worker using C++ and Velox and saw a dramatic improvements in CPU efficiency and latency for interactive queries. We embraced adaptive execution provided by Velox to efficiently evaluate filters pushed down into scan and automatically enable array-based aggregations and joins. We make extensive use of dictionary encodings to achieve zero-copy execution throughout the engine. We allow for vectorization friendly function implementations, provide ASCII-only fast paths and many other tricks. We’d like to share our learnings, early results and future plans. We are looking forward to invite the community to join our efforts in building the next generation of Presto together.