By drinking “Brainiac” at Google of course.
All my photos from the Conference Here
By drinking “Brainiac” at Google of course.
All my photos from the Conference Here
April 25th, 2008 – by Ronald Bradford
Welcome to the 94th edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of the database blogsphere. Adding to the list of usual database suspects, I have some more alternative considerations for our readers this week.
We start with Conferences
Still some discussion from last weeks’ 2008 MySQL Conference & Expo.
Baron “xarpb” Schwartz calls it correct in Like it or not, it is the MySQL Conference and Expo. Matt Assay of c|net gives us some of his opinions in three posts Two great posts on MySQL, Back to the future for MySQL and Between two consenting corporations… in followup to last week’s active slashdot discussion. Many others have also commented if you have not been following the news released before opening keynotes.
If you didn’t get a hard copy, Sheeri Kritzer Cabral has published the Pythian EXPLAIN Cheatsheet many attendees received.
Also last week was Collaborate 08 – Technology and Applications IOUG forum for the Oracle Community.
This week we also see the Web 2.0 San Francisco in action, and excitement is also brewing for the PGCon – PostgreSQL Conference for Users and Developers happening in under a month as Robert Treat has Plane tickets booked for PGCon. Postgres was also visible at the MySQL Conference & Expo if you were looking with a prominent consulting team downing the blue elephant during the event. Wish I’d taken a photo now!
Still more news from Adam Machanic of the Pythian group with SQLTeach Toronto: Almost Here.
The 2008 Google Summer of Code announced this week showcases the Open Source databases MySQL (14 projects) and PostgreSQL (6 projects). Kaj Arnö talks more in Fourteen Summer of Code projects accepted 2008. The company PrimeBase Technologies also features strongly with two projects for the Blob Streaming storage engine for MySQL as I detail in Media Blob Streaming getting a Google boost.
DTrace Integration with MySQL 5.0 – Chime demo in MySQL Users Conference 2008 by Jenny Chen is an example of Sun’s Open Source contribution to MySQL which I saw as a physical demo last week. Unfortunately, due to the imbalance in actually getting new functionality into Community contributions (actually non existence in current or next mysql version :-(), this functionality is only really for show. Dtrace with MySQL 6.0.5 – on a Mac describes some of this work actually making it into the next, next version. It seems this next Falcon Preview is available but not announced by MySQL generally as I note in Continued confusion in MySQL/Sun release policy.
MySQL Gurus Mark Callaghan and Brian Aker comment respectively here and here on MySQL Heap (Memory) Engine – Dynamic Row Format Support. Work submitted by Igor Chernyshev of eBay Kernel Team (whom I’ve met previously and was most impressed with his ability to submit MySQL patch work, with little previous MySQL kernel knowledge, but extensive C++ knowledge). This work also contributed to eBay Wins Application of the Year at MySQL Conference & Expo.
Mark also mentions in his post “How do users get it? There is no community branch into which people can submit changes with a GPL license.“. A topic your’s truly has also mentioned regarding the Community contributions, development and release. Perhaps a sign of more benefit to the community soon as Monty mentions.
Baron Schwartz comments on Keith “a.k.a Kevin” Murphy’s work in Spring 2008 issue of MySQL Magazine. With a quick plug also for his upcoming book “High Performance MySQL – Version 2″ (me giving it a plug also now), Baron also has the best published anti-spam sniffer email I’ve seen, and recently updated to his new employer. Check his blog and let me know.
Joshus Drake of Command Prompt Inc. The Postgres Company gets excited in Is that performance I smell? Ext2 vs Ext3 on 50 spindles, testing for PostgreSQL and gives us some insight into different settings of two popular file system types. It would be great to see a follow up with a few more different filesystems types.
Pabloj “so many trails … so little time” extends his MySQL example to Postgres in Loading data from files. And on Postgres Online Journal, we get An Almost Idiot’s Guide to PostgreSQL YUM giving you a step by step guide of PostgreSQL setup, including the all important “Backing up Old Version”.
We get a detailed book chapter from Keith Lake of Oracle OLAP The most powerful, open Analytic Engine in his extensive post on Tuning Guidance for OLAP 10g. David Litchfield brings attention in A New Class of Vulnerability in Oracle: Lateral SQL Injection. The title is sufficient for all Oracle DBA’s to review.
Don Seiler gives his experience in Bind Variables and Parallel Queries Do Not Mix when an Oracle Bug is discovered the database to 64-bit H/W..
Matching LOB Indexes and Segments by Michael McLaughlin gives us a good CASE/REGEX SQL example exam question, and simple output to monitor the growth of LOBs in your Oracle database.
Additional readings for Oracle folks can be found with Kenneth Downs writing Advanced Table Design: Resolutions and Dan Norris’ Collaborate 08 thoughts gives a concise review of a largely attended Oracle event.
Paul S. Randal of SQL Skills adds Conference Questions Pot-Pourri: How to create Agent alerts to his writings following many requests after a recent workshop.
In Scalability features I would like to have in SQL Server Michael Zilberstein lists 3 key features including “Active-Active cluster”, “Indexes per partition” and “Bitmap indexes and function based indexes”.
Ingres, Times Ten, Google App Engine and more
Some movement in the Ingres world with Deb Woods of Ingres Technology Blog discussing in Inside the Community – Ingres style…. the Ingres Engineering Summit occurring this week. Attendees included newbies to a 24 year Ingres veteran. That beats my experience in Ingres which now extends 19 years.
We get another very detailed installation description, this time for Times Ten in Install Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 7.0.4 on Linux.
Just a few weeks ago, a new database offering hit the market with the Google App Engine. News this week includes
Google App Engine Hack-a-thons! being announced with events in New York on May 7th and San Francisco on May 16th. As a developer with an account and an excuse to use it more, I can’t win, being in the right towns on the wrong dates.
OakLeaf Systems this week writes Comparing Google App Engine, Amazon SimpleDB and Microsoft SQL Server Data Services. Another good read just for comparison.
Not in a blog, but in discussion in at the recent MySQL, was msql. It was interesting to find out that PHP was originally developed for msql first, and only used MySQL as the preferred database after some functionality requirement. Interesting what could have been?
Thanks Dave for the opportunity to contribute to the week in review. Until my chance to charm the readers next time.
I leave you with a photo, and challenge our readers to find another person who would be capable of wearing a t-shirt that states “My free software runs your company”. Michael Widenius- Founder and original developer of MySQL can, and my thanks to you for MySQL, and the Vodka shots at the Conference last week.
I was prompted following a few key words by Marten Mickos at the Sun Dinner on Wednesday evening, and subsequent one on one discussion with Marten, to post my thoughts of some significant news this week announced at the MySQL Conference. The decision to provide as it’s been termed is “Enterprise only features”. It is unfortunate this was not discussed in Marten’s opening keynote, having been exposed the evening before in the Partner’s meeting and hitting the blog sphere before the conference officially started.
MySQL, past, present and future as an Open Source company requires a functional business model to succeed. This includes the funding of resources and the technology progression. It is also necessary in this business climate to build a successful business quickly. How do you do this? Well that’s probably the difference between a successful CEO and an unsuccessful one, and what Marten Mickos has produced is clearly very successful.
I may not necessarily agree with the decisions made, more specifically not understanding at this time the rationale of which features are free and which are likely to be commercial, but I respect the decision made by Marten Mickos. These new feature considerations are in a future release of MySQL, they are also I’m sure not yet set in stone, however MySQL can not be all things to all people, no software can. It reminds me of the Homer Simpson car, designed to do everything Homer wanted in a car, but it bankrupted the previously successful company due the views of one individual to solve all their own needs, but not the needs of the majority. Who is affected by this decision, who will benefit, again it’s too early to tell.
Monty indicates this is a MySQL decision, not a Sun decision. This indicates the transition of MySQL to being under the Sun banner of the largest open source company is well, still in transition. Today it was again confirmed to me, that the MySQL database will always be GPL and MySQL will not never revoke the functionality that powers the world’s largest websites as free software for the database server.
As an advocate for the MySQL community, I’d like to consider myself one of the pulses, a thought in the MySQL conscious and even a vocal lobbyist. I am however not interested in being a disruptor in the MySQL ecosystem. A Communications Lesson on Slashdot I believe correctly states “Sun to Begin Close Sourcing MySQL.” The headline is wrong.
A number of people have posted their comments, let’s stop bickering about it, and let’s see something positive happen for the benefit of the community. For example, as I’ve mentioned previously regarding the lack of differentiation for the Community version, again mentioned by Mark Callaghan in A better (community) HEAP engine where a worthwhile patch can’t be of benefit to the community in a binary release for the lay person.
When in management, I am responsible for contributing to the success of the company, to play a significant role in the functional business model, to ensure funding for resources and technology progression. In other terms, how can revenue generation be achieved to fund prominently salaries of staff, including my own. How am I going to do this? This will be the difference between my huge success or not.
Jay’s opening lines regarding the final MySQL Conference keynote speaker was: “I work with a lot of data. I think peta-bytes, maybe exa-bytes”. This was relating to Jacek Becla from the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, giving his presentation on “The Science and Fiction of Petascale Analytics”.
The goal of the Large Synoptics Survey Telescope (LSST) is the storage of 50+ PB of images and 20+ PB data.
Let’s just clarify the size. 20 PB of data = 20 years of HD Movies = 2000 years of 128kb MP3
The next database frontier is obviously building huge databases. What part will MySQL or other relational databases play? Some interesting facts were.
The Operational plan for LSST Project Timeline is 10 years, only starting in 2014. The timeline:
The primary goals are: Scale, parallelize, fault tolerant.
A: Maria, an ACID, MVCC engine that plans to be the default non-transactional and default transactional engine for MySQL.
Presently development with a team of 6 people and plans of adding 2-3 developers the work on Maria should see the 1.5 release this month.
It was great to here Monty say “We have a policy of zero MySQL Bugs, like the old MySQL way.”
Maria Version History
1.0 – “Crash Safe” — part of a existing 5.1 branch
1.5 – “Concurrent insert/select” to be merged as part of formal MySQL 6.0 release
2.0 – Transactional and ACID
3.0 – High Concurrency & Online Backup
4.0 – Data Warehousing
The schedule has all of the features to be available for the next MySQL Conference Q2 2009
Some points of note:
What would be great if people could create a single line (one tip) from each talk and we could aggregate these for an executive summary for tech people.
This was prompted from only a few minutes looking in on Baron Shwartz’s EXPLAIN presentation. What I didn’t know was.
EXPLAIN EXTENDED SELECT …; SHOW WARNINGS; gives the rewritten SQL query
If only I had time to whip out an application on my Google AppEngine and get twitter feeds with say a mysqlconf keyword. Perhaps we need a all night BoF hackfest to do it.
A small but committed group met at 8:30pm to hear more about our the plans from PrimeBase Technologies here at the 2008 MySQL Conference. Our discussion started in true MySQL form.
Monty Widenius presents to the group plastic cups and a bottle of Absolut Vodka.
After a shot, Paul starts with “While I can still talk”.
Monty, slams another bottle of Vodka on the table.
We all laugh.
Paul outlined some of the roadmap plans from existing the Alpha release to Beta releases.
He talked about the plans for Synchronous Replication and there was active discussion on various use cases.
There was also discussion and input on Solid State Drive (SDD) Technology which will be tested with PBXT in the coming months.
The 20 second summary from the Scaling MySQL – Up or Out? from our panel of experts at 2008 MySQL Conference and Expo.
Also in the MySQL Press Releases today but dated for tomorrow is Sun Microsystems Announces MySQL 5.1.
I find the wording clearly a new language from my previous understanding — “pending general availability of MySQL™ 5.1″.
We now see the trademark notice, obviously a Sun influence.
We now have a “pending” GA version. MySQL is obviously very keen to release MySQL 5.1 for GA. This was expected at last years’ MySQL conference. Many in the past year have expected this prior to this year’s conference (we are now being informed late Q2 2008). There was an anticipation there would be two RC versions, this is now the third. So what exactly does “pending” mean? Will 5.1.24 be renamed Production if it passes community acceptance (I say community because it’s not an Enterprise release). This would be a change from previous naming policy. What’s most likely is hopefully they release 5.1.25 as production. Comes back then to why the words “pending general availability”, and not “next release candidate” which is what it is.
Previously MySQL also made new with the initial RC status of 5.1, moving away from the previously policy.
At Day 1 of the 2008 MySQL Conference and Expo today, our high numbers of attendees (reported at 2,000) have resulted in Standing Room only in a lot of talks. This has got to be excellent PR.
I got to sit in on the Memcached and MySQL session by Brian Aker and at the end I stuck my head in to Best Practices for Database Administrators by and Explain demystified by Baron Schwartz both 2008 MySQL Award winners.
All full to overfilling presentations.
In today’s Official MySQL Press Release, PrimeBase XT (PBXT) has been named along with three other storage engine partners in “Sun Celebrates Third-Party MySQL Storage Engines“.
This a great achievement for a small company to be recognized in the certified storage engine partner program, in comparison to the other companies that are much larger on the balance sheet. This continues the news with last week you may have read PrimeBase Technologies a MySQL Platinum Level Partner.
A noted absence from the list is Nitro, an expected absence was Solid.
Marten has opened the 2008 MySQL Conference & Expo. This time he started in his opening comments “I have more to say to more people, and given less time to say it”.
His answer to why Sun bought MySQL included slides showing “Alignment in Culture and Vision” and “What’s in it for you – Performance & Scale, Support, Marketplace”.
This year the MySQL Conference has over 2,000 people and 55 exhibitors.
What was funny, was the photo showing the burning of the IPO Prospectus. Marten mentioned now with many Sun lawyers he has to be more careful what to day. I actually have an interesting extension to this at Watching what you say
Some points of note for me:
His opening joke was about dinner with Marten, to which Marten said “You not going to get a keynote, unless you buy the company.”
So what was striking for me in his presentation “What is Sun’s Agenda?”
I had a chance to meet Jonathan and Rich Green on Sunday night, and it was great to see Jonathan learning about, and getting behind the product PBXT – The Community Engine a MySQL 5.1 open source engine.
Announced this morning is this year’s MySQL award winners.
2008 MySQL Application of the Year
2008 MySQL Partner of the Year
2008 MySQL Community Member of the Year
Marten has opened the 2008 MySQL Conference and Expo this morning in Santa Clara.
What was funny in the early slides was the photo showing the burning of the IPO Prospectus. Marten mentioned now with many Sun lawyers in the audience he has to be more careful what to say.
This morning while coming down for breakfast, a Sun employee entered the lift. I introduced myself, and he indicated he knew me by name. When I asked what department he was in, he said “legal”. Being intrigued as to who he knew me, I’d discovered he has read my emails and blog posts.
I must admit I’ve met a number of new people this week and the first word has been “Oh!”, as in they have heard of my name previously.
These have been unexpected responses and information for me, I’m not normally surprised like this. I’ll not be changing what I say, and how I say it, professionally my writing and publishing will continue to embody “Opinions, Expertise, Passion”.
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So, take your photo with other community supporters — they’ll also be wearing their open source t-shirts. You can upload photos to www.flickr.com/groups/mysqlcommunityphotoday.
Well at least your MySQL database world.
As Paul eluded to, PrimeBase Technologies has a project to provide synchronous replication for MySQL in a High Availability environment. It is more then an idea, there is a plan.
Is it possible?
What are the use cases?
How can you use it?
Would you use it?
Some input to date. We need these questions and more, and we seeking more input for discussion.
Unfortunately the opportunity to hear any input during a presentation is left to the last day of the conference, so there has been created a BoF session on Tuesday night for a round table discussion if necessary. People are encouraged to bring specific cases and situations for feedback, the reasons why MySQL Replication, MySQL Cluster, DRBD/HeatBeat or any other solution does not satisfy your needs, and what would.
If you can’t wait you may need to seek out Booth #518, and make a time to seek out the Technology Expert.
Just today, Peter Zaitsev of MySQL Performance Blog also writes in State of MySQL Market and will Replication live ?, “Customers are constantly asking me if there is something which would help them to scale MySQL and get some HA out of the box even on the medium level. Seriously – MySQL Cluster, Continuent, Master-Master Replication, DRBD or SAN based HA architectures all have their limits which makes neither of them used for very wide class of applications.” to confirm this pursuit.
Updated On good advice from Sheeri I made a few comments clearer.
It has been proposed that the integral “MySQL Community Photo Day” be on Thursday April 17 2008, the final day of the MySQL Users Conference.
Wear a t-shirt from an open source community project on Thursday, whether a PrimeBase PBXT one or your favorite open source project. Get your photo taken with the masses of community supporters. If your not attending this year, this doesn’t mean you can’t also contribute a photo yourself from what location you are from. Save a saving fund for next year but get us a photo.
It doesn’t have to just be Thursday, photos will be accepted at any time before then. Upload a photo and win a prize. (Baron you definitely get chocolate)
Their is a Flickr group called “MySQL Community Photo Day” at http://www.flickr.com/groups/mysqlcommunityphotoday
This is a chance for you to support the community. There is already a small band of supporters before my post already including Colin C, Paul M, Lenz G, Baron S, Sheeri K.
I’ll be following closely the progression of Storage Engines available in the MySQL Database server, well soon to be available when 5.1 gets to GA (hopefully by end of Q2 which is what we have been told). Tick, Tick, time is running out.
PrimeBase XT (PBXT) and Blob Streaming is a focus as PrimeBase Technologies, the company which I want to note for people is an Open Source company, committed at providing an open source alternative to the other commercial players. You also have at the MySQL Conference talks on the the existing InnoDB from Innobase (a subsidiary of market RDBMS leader Oracle). There is a Nitro presentation, an Infobright presentation, no Solid presentation surprisingly (the IBM news happening after submissions closed). We also have from MySQL, presentations on the internally developed storage engines Falcon and Maria, both products that won’t even be in 5.1 but 6.0, however Maria is presently a different branch of 5.1 so I don’t know how that works. Will it be in 5.1?
But what I want to seek is more news of KickFire, a Diamond Sponsor, an engine with embedded H/W, something that’s been obviously worked on in reasonable stealth. For me it’s not just interesting, it’s a competitor in our technology space, so I’ve been researching Joseph Chamdani and some of his patents.
Plenty of news in the past few weeks on Kickfire including Kickfire Update by Keith Murphy on April 3, Kickfire: stream-processing SQL queries by Baron Schwartz on April 4, Kickfire looking to push MySQL limits by Farhan Mashraqi on April 4, and Kickfire Kickfire Kickfire by Peter Zaitsev on April 4, and myself back on March 23.
So what can I make from the lack of company information and posted information to date.
Here I am at my desk sporting the PrimeBase supporters t-shirt that will be available at the exhibitors booth at the 2008 MySQL Conference. The front is rather uneventful with the official logo, but the back will be worth the experience. So everybody interested in supporting PBXT as the transactional storage engine for MySQL developed by the community and for the community, please come and see us and mention the secret password.
We have been placed way back in the right hand side of the exhibitors hall at booth 518, in front of the Open Source and OEM providers.
Indeed I have a goal of launching a consolidated site of my online presence at ronaldbradford.com at some time soon, and even now I have found I’ve made some SEO 101 mistakes, just in my testing site, and my temporary placeholder.
As a database expert I see plenty of database 101 mistakes with most clients, so part of why my site is going nowhere is I don’t want to make SEO 101 mistakes, especially as I’m not launching a new site, but a migration of existing content to one site.
I see nobody at O’Reilly has made improvements to the redirection mess of the MySQL Conference website as described by Farhan Mashraqi in Someone please change mysqlconf.com redirection, and so rather then linking to www.mysqlconf.com which I have done, I’ve linked to the direct page, which I’m sure will probably change after the conference making this a broken link.
I am concerned that a larger organization can’t get this right. Is SEO/SEM not important to them? It will also be of interest to see what happens here with Sun acquiring MySQL. Sun did a rather detailed job of MySQL content on www.sun.com. Time will tell I guess.
The Conference Speakers of the 2008 MySQL Conference provides some common and interesting names of companies not common in MySQL circles such as eBay, Microsoft Corporation, HP, Symantec. I see speakers outside of MySQL from countries including USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Australia.
I did some data analysis of the speakers list. There are 150 speakers, there are 45 from MySQL. Other companies with multiple speakers include Sun Microsystems, Kickfire, Linbit, Cafepress, Open Query, Proven Scaling, Standford Linear Accelerate Center, UC Berkeley, Siz Apart, The Hive, Zmanda, MySQL Performance Blog, Infobright, Digg, Grazr and of course PrimeBase Technologies.
Only two MySQL speakers have listed “MySQL/Sun” the rest are “MySQL”. I wonder what the policy is here? You have “Oracle / Innobase” and “Innobase / Oracle Corp.” some identity crisis there, the guys from “MySQL Performance Blog” prefer this name over the company name “Percona”, obviously for brand exposure. You have “Grazr Corporation” and “Grazr Inc”. It’s only trivia but interesting.
It’s just three weeks now before the 2008 MySQL Conference. Good to see my mug shot on the front page (see screen shot below).
I will still be presenting my session Top 20 DB Design Tips Every Architect Needs to Know, however as a departing MySQL Employee I’ve had to give up the chance to present the “MySQL for Oracle DBA’s Bootcamp” tutorial, content that I developed for MySQL specifically and have already presented three one day seminars in New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
Update March 26 2008. I should clarify that I notified MySQL as part of my exit items that I would not be able to present the Tutorial. I would very much like to, and being the author of the content I am well qualified, however as this was developed for MySQL and will be again used by MySQL in the future I felt it was inappropriate that a non MySQL employee and a recent departed employee was presenting this content. I did not want for any attendees to be confused or see a potential conflict of interest and I wanted to ensure I kept my distance from the strict Sun Intellectual Policy procedures.
Kickfire formally C2 App a Diamond sponsor will be something I’m very interested in seeing, MySQL being written specifically in hardware. A few talks I’ll be interested in seeing include Securing MySQL for a Security Audit by Brian Miezejewski, Disaster is Inevitable—Are You Prepared? by Farhan Mashraqi, Developing Information Schema plugins by Mark Leith, Astronomy, Petabytes and MySQL and System Techniques to Remove I/O Bottlenecks in Large Query Intensive Applications.
What impact will Sun Microsystems a Platinum sponsor and acquirer of MySQL have at the conference? CEO Johnathan Schwartz will be following former CEO Marten Mickos’ open keynote with Open Source: The Heart of the Network Economy. There are a number of Sun related talks and Sun employees speaking. I’m sure attendance numbers of Sun employees will be up also.