Database Super-computing

Today I am going to focus on a topic that I’ve suggested previously without the right emphasis: the new database architecture that uses vector processing on compressed columns to significantly accelerate performance. This is the final post inspired by Bityota (bityota.com). They reminded me that the use of vectors, once implemented by only a few vendors,…

High Performance Commercial Computing

Hi… In between leaving SAP and starting at the Social Security Administration I did some work for Cognilytics and with Intel. They have posted a white paper I composed here, titled “High Performance Commercial Computing in 2015”. Both Cognilytics and Intel allowed me the freedom to build this as I saw fit… so it is not…

A New Year Announcement

Let me start the New Year by announcing that I have a new job as the CTO of the US Social Security Administration. I am in an appointed position, part of the President’s administration, but with a technical, not a political or policy charter.  It is daunting and exciting… The SSA IT staff are switched on and extremely competent……

Part 8 – How Hadooped is SQL Server PDW with Polybase?

Now for SQL Server… continuing the thread on RDBMS-Hadoop integration (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7) I have suggested that we could evaluate integration architecture using three criteria: How parallel are the pipes to move data between the RDBMS and the parallel file system; Is there intelligence to push down predicates; and Is…

Not a curse…

The Chinese Curse wishes that you live in interesting times… although apparently it is not so certain that this is either a curse or Chinese. During this Northern Hemisphere harvest season I would like to wish my readers a Happy Thanksgiving… and note how thankful I am to live and work in interesting times and…