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It’s the End of the World As We Know It (NoSQL Edition) (via I’m just a simple DBA on a complex production system)


I chanced upon Chen Shapira’s review of Michael Stonebraker’s paper The End of an Architectural Era. There are some excellent ideas in the paper but they are only applicable to simple database schemas. Stonebraker was unable to partition the nine-table TPC-C schema in such a way that each TPC-C transaction is restricted to a single partition while the voting application example used by VoltDB (the commercial implementation of Stonebraker’s ideas) uses only one table and two queries.

This post originally appeared over at Pythian. There are also some very smart comments over there that you shouldn’t miss, go take a look! Everyone knows that seminal papers need a simple title and descriptive title. “A Relational Model for Large Shared Data Banks” for example. I think Michael Stonebraker overshot the target In a 2007 paper titled, “The End of an Architectural Era”. Why is this The End? According to Michael Stonebraker “current R … Read More

via I’m just a simple DBA on a complex production system

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  1. Gwen Shapira
    September 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Irrelevant tidbit – Tim Callaghan, who wrote the presentation you linked to, is the brother of Mark Callaghan of Facebook and MySQL fame.
    I’m wondering how their family dinner chats go :)

  2. September 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    One thing I have to agree with Pebblebraker: if all you run is a one-table-two-queries database, you gotta have rocks in your head to hire a dba. He’s quite right in claiming you don’t need one.
    When was the last time any of us saw a site like that?
    Thought so…

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