July 9, 2006

OS-DBMS integration

A Slashdot thread tonight on the possibility of Oracle directly supporting Linux got me thinking – integration of DBMS and OS is much more common than one might at first realize, especially least in high-end data warehousing.

Think about it.

This trend isn’t quite universal, of course. Open systems DB2 and Sybase and Progress and MySQL and so on are quite OS-independent, and of course you could dispute my characterization of Oracle as being “integrated” with the underlying OS. But in performance-critical environments, DBMS are often intensely OS-aware.

And of course this dovetails with a point I noted in another thread – DBMS are (or need to become) increasingly aware of chip architecture details as well.


One Response to “OS-DBMS integration”

  1. Cindy on August 29th, 2007 12:47 pm

    Hmmm … well … if you think about it, most DBMS systems share characteristics with an OS – they have dispatching systems, prioritization, disk space management. They are another operating system operating just under the ‘native’ OS.

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