17 November 2015

Codd Has Risen

The kiddie koders still worship at the feet of flat-files and client-centric transaction control. Largely, it appears, because no one in University bothers to show them the Yellow Brick Road to sanity. There is the recent missive on the MongoDB attempt to dip another toe into the SQL pond, while maintaining that it's really, really a NoSql, client-centric transaction "datastore". "You don't need no TPM, roll your own."

Now comes Intel's parallel memory implementation for Xeon Phi/2. An earlier note.

What we have in a relational engine is SIMD semantics, and thus embarrassingly parallel. Someone is going to see the light (Larry the boatman, perhaps?) and adapt this hardware to Organic Normal Form™ data, mostly if not wholly, in memory.

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