August 25, 2008

MapReduce sound bites

Last Thursday, both Greenplum and Aster Data — the two most recent of my numerous data warehouse specialist customers — both told me of the same major innovation. Both were rushing to announce it first, before anybody else did. This led to considerable tap dancing, with the upshot being that both are releasing the information tonight or tomorrow morning.

What’s going on is that Aster Data and Greenplum have both integrated MapReduce into their respective MPP shared-nothing data warehouse DBMS. I’ll write about that at length very shortly, but for now let me throw up some sound bites ahead of the more detailed analysis:

Some of our recent links about MapReduce


11 Responses to “MapReduce sound bites”

  1. Steve Wooledge on August 25th, 2008 8:21 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Uniting MapReduce with RDBMS/SQL is sure to be game changing. Looking forward to seeing your detailed analysis in further posts. Here is a link to the Aster In-Database MapReduce implementation and technical whitepaper.

  2. Snarky Baloogle on August 26th, 2008 2:23 am

    Yuck! When I look at the AsterData whitepaper I have to think these people don’t know anything about DBMS! Do they think they’ve invented UDFs?!

    For some supposedly smart people they sure don’t seem to do their homework.

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  3. Database vendors add Google’s MapReduce | about ICT on August 26th, 2008 3:38 pm

    […] "On its own, MapReduce can do a lot of important work in data manipulation and analysis. Integrating it with SQL should just increase its applicability and power," wrote Curt Monash of Monash Research, on the DBMS2 blog. […]

  4. Steve Wooledge on August 26th, 2008 8:49 pm

    Snarky – appreciate the discussion. On the surface, it’s easy to mis-categorize In-Database MapReduce functions as UDF’s. We’ve posted some thoughts on how they are in fact different. This is not just an attempt to revive an old brand (i.e., reinvent the wheel)

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    […] "On its own, MapReduce can do a lot of important work in data manipulation and analysis. Integrating it with SQL should just increase its applicability and power," wrote Curt Monash of Monash Research, on the DBMS2 blog. […]

  7. Luke Lonergan on August 28th, 2008 1:11 pm

    There is a coding tutorial available at this link in the middle of the page:

    Key things to note about Greenplum’s MR implementation:
    – It’s very similar in form and expression to Google and Hadoop
    – Extensions for Joins and Pipelined task execution
    – Native parallel file access
    – Parallelism is full and transparent to the programmer

    In summary: we have implemented MapReduce within which you can write SQL, Perl, Python and many more languages. It is straightforward to use MR programs written for Hadoop or Google and port them to Greenplum.

  8. Steve Wooledge on August 29th, 2008 6:18 pm

    Just a couple points on Aster’s implementation of MapReduce:
    + Developers can use Java, Python, C, Perl, and more
    + Aster’s In-Database MapReduce framework is a superset of MapReduce
    + Aster has a process management framework to guarantee transparency and availability

    More in our whitepaper here:

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