Database Computing is Supercomputing… Some external reading: May 2013

I would like to recommend to you John Appleby’s post  here on the HANA blog site. While the title suggests the article is about HANA, in fact it is about trends in computing and processors… and very relevant to posts here past, present, and upcoming… I would also recommend Curt Monash’s site. His notes on Teradata…

The Fog is Getting Thicker…

I renamed this so that Teradata folks would not get here so often… its not really about Intelligent Memory… just prompted by it. The post on Intelligent Memory is here. – Rob Two quick comments on Teradata’s recent announcement of Intelligent Memory. First… very very cool. More on this to come. Next… life is going…

Memory Trends and HANA

If the Gartner estimates here are correct… then DRAM prices will fall 50% per year per year over the next several years… and then in 2015 non-volatile RAM (see the related articles below) will become generally available. It has been suggested that memory prices will fall slower than data warehouses will grow (see here). That does not seem to…

Data Recovery in HANA, TimesTen, and SQLFire

There is a persistent myth, like a persistent cough, that claims that in-memory databases lose data when a hardware failure takes down a node because memory is volatile and non-persistent. This myth is marketing, not architecture. Most RDBMS products: including Oracle, TimesTen, and HANA; have three layers where data exists: in-memory (think SGA for Oracle), in…

Exalytics vs. HANA: What are they thinking?

I’ve been trying to sort through the noise around Exalytics and see if there are any conclusions to be drawn from the architecture. But this post is more about the noise. The vast majority of the articles I’ve read posted by industry analysts suggest that Exalytics is Oracle‘s answer to SAP‘s HANA. See: PCWorld InfoWorld…

Greenplum and Teradata: Simliar Architecture, Different Strategies

Hardware systems, servers and network fabric, provide the foundation upon which all shared-nothing database management systems rest. Hardware systems are a major contributor to the overall price/performance and total cost of ownership for a data warehouse platform. This blog considers the hardware strategies of EMC/Greenplum: applying the idea of using common, off-the-shelf (COTS) components to…