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Ingres is inviting data munchers to take a bite out of its planned software architecture targeting high-performance analytics. The open-source database company has released alpha code for its VectorWise project, a high-performance storage engine computing-intensive data warehouses running on standard Intel boxes. A first beta of …

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say.... what?

> ...faster than rival computational, client products that run on a single, multi-core machine.

what?

> VectorWise achieves this by allowing standard SQL applications to access the compute power on multi-core chips while serving up huge blocks of data, Ingres said

err... what?

> In some cases, people are writing hand-coded programs against flat files.

eh?

> Instead of managing data buffers in random access memory, VectorWise uses the cache on the underlying chip, while all instructions are loaded from cache onto a multi-core chip

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> VectorWise also transfers a large amount of data to get around the fact that while processors are speeding up, discs can only go so fast: VectorWise will read up to 500kilobytes of data compared to the usual rate of between four and eight kilobytes

bloody what?

I've had a good giggle, now for some clarification please. Regfail logo seemed right at first but I think this is a windup so here's one better

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Well to start with...

...Microsoft SQL Server's read-ahead starts off with 64KB blocks and can go up to 256KB and even 1024KB for the enterprise edition. So what's the big deal with 500KB?

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WTF?

Baffling article about an astonishing bit of software

I am currently working with VectorWise so I can make out a foggy outline of something like VectorWise in this article, but I don't blame BlueGreen for thinking it's a wind-up. I'm under NDA and I don't know how much I can write about VectorWise here, but if anyone wants to know about the nuts-and-bolts of how it processes data at video speeds, Google for X100 or MonetDB.

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