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Re: Big Database Server General Question

On 2009-04-04 18:11, owens@netptc.net wrote:
If you're just interested in how things work, a rather unique
approach is that used by Terradata (now sold a couple of times),
based on a Cal Tech PhD thesis by Phil Neches.

Dedicated database machines with circuits hardwired for relational operations were a valid niche back in the mid-80s thru mid-90s, but Moore's Law applied to GP CPUs and DRAM finally overcame the speed gap.

I worked on a Britton-Lee back around Desert Storm/Shield. The USNR kept all their personnel training/readiness detail in such a machine connected to a VAXcluster.

Scooty Puff, Sr
The Doom-Bringer

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