February 1, 2010

Open issues in database and analytic technology

The last part of my New England Database Summit talk was on open issues in database and analytic technology. This was closely intertwined with the previous section, and also relied on a lot that I’ve posted here. So I’ll just put up a few notes on that part, with lots of linkage to prior discussion of the same points.

Other posts based on my January, 2010 New England Database Summit keynote address


4 Responses to “Open issues in database and analytic technology”

  1. RC on February 2nd, 2010 9:39 am

    You think it is possible to make the RDBMS more suitable for relationships analytics by adding a new kind of index type?

  2. Azeem Jiva on February 2nd, 2010 3:48 pm

    I agree that I/O is the big bottleneck for most analytic. Whether that’s in the cloud or a big Oracle database with solid-state disks. Getting at terabytes or petabytes of data isn’t easy and as core counts go up processing that data gets harder if you can’t feed the cores fast enough.

  3. Curt Monash on February 2nd, 2010 3:55 pm


    Please see some of the other posts in the category here for graph datatypes.

    An index for graphs would probably be a big materialized view that concatenates 2 or 3 or whatever edges at once. Better than nothing, but exponential in the number of hops.

    Whether real-life graphs let you store them in clever ways to get significantly better performance than that is an open question. Cogito used to claim it could, but didn’t do too much in the way of delivering.

  4. Quick thoughts on Sybase/Aleri | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on February 4th, 2010 2:51 pm

    […] is a potentially powerful combination, if they can effectively address the point I just made about integrating disparate latencies. That said, I’m not expecting a lot, because the CEP industry always disappoints […]

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