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Turn Up the Volume With High-Speed Counters

Scaling tends to make even simple things, like counting, seem difficult. In the past, businesses used specialized databases for particular tasks, including high-speed, high-throughput event counters. Due to the constraints of legacy systems, some people still assume that relational databases cannot  handle high-throughput tasks at scale. However, due to advances like in-memory storage, high-throughput counting no longer requires a specialized, single-purpose database. Why do we even need...


MemSQL Does Oracle’s Own Demo Ten Times As Fast, Sixty Times Cheaper

In preparation for Open World, I asked some of our engineers to recreate a demo that Oracle has been using over the last year to show off their “in-memory option.” It’s impressive to look at: the demo shows the database searching through billions of records from Wikipedia search trend data for popular terms in less than a second. The thing about Oracle’s demo is it runs on a gigantically expensive server. In fact it is the biggest one they have at 32TB of RAM and hundreds of CPU cores....