August 4, 2009

Vertica’s version of MapReduce integration

I talked with Omer Trajman of Vertica Monday night about Vertica’s MapReduce integration, part of its Vertica 3.5 release. Highlights included:

Apparently, the use cases for Vertica/Hadoop integration to date lie in algorithmic trading and two kinds of web analytics. Specifically:

By the way, Vertica is based on C-Store, the Ph.D. thesis project of Daniel Abadi, who recently wrote:

To me, it is far more efficient from a performance and a “green” perspective to push the computation to the data. Hence, I am not a fan of decoupling the compute grid and the data grid.

Not coincidentally, Daniel also recently wrote that

If the VectorWise/Ingres solution does get released open source, I believe they will be an excellent column-store storage engine for HadoopDB. I have already requested an academic preview edition of their software to play with.

The VectorWise guys also told me they are looking forward to seeing how the two projects work together.


5 Responses to “Vertica’s version of MapReduce integration”

  1. Omer Trajman on August 4th, 2009 8:12 am

    One clarification regarding compute/data locality. MR necessarily has a data re-distribution phase prior to reduce (unless data is distributed by map key on load). When pushing the map down to Vertica there is no more data shuffling beyond what any other MR requires. You do get the added flexibility of being able to reduce on a different collection of nodes.

  2. Daniel Abadi on August 4th, 2009 11:01 am

    I agree with Omer’s clarification.

    Also, just for the record, it’s probably giving me too much credit to say that C-Store was my PhD thesis. My thesis involved research behind building the query execution engine for C-Store, but the C-Store project was much bigger than just the work that I did.

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