[e-lang] Stonebraker et al on the upcoming RDBMS revolution
danfuzz at milk.com
Fri Jan 11 11:14:35 EST 2008
Possibly of interest:
The End of an Architectural Era (It's Time for a Complete Rewrite)
Abstract included below.
The End of an Architectural Era
(It's Time for a Complete Rewrite)
Daniel J. Abadi
In previous papers [SC05, SBC+07], some of us predicted the end of "one
size fits all" as a commercial relational DBMS paradigm. These
papers presented reasons and experimental evidence that showed that the
major RDBMS vendors can be outperformed by 1-2 orders of magnitude by
specialized engines in the data warehouse, stream processing, text, and
scientific database markets.
Assuming that specialized engines dominate these markets over time, the
current relational DBMS code lines will be left with the business
data processing (OLTP) market and hybrid markets where more than one
kind of capability is required. In this paper we show that current
RDBMSs can be beaten by nearly two orders of magnitude in the OLTP
market as well. The experimental evidence comes from comparing a new
OLTP prototype, H-Store, which we have built at M.I.T., to a popular
RDBMS on the standard transactional benchmark, TPC-C.
We conclude that the current RDBMS code lines, while attempting to be a
"one size fits all" solution, in fact, excel at nothing. Hence, they are
25 year old legacy code lines that should be retired in favor of a
collection of "from scratch" specialized engines. The DBMS vendors (and
the research community) should start with a clean sheet of paper and
design systems for tomorrow's requirements, not continue to push code
lines and architectures designed for yesterday's needs.
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