Falcon from the Beginning

Jim Starkey (MySQL), Ann Harrison (MySQL)

Falcon is MySQL’s new transactional storage engine, currently in beta. Though suitable for many applications, the Falcon design is weighted towards high volume, online applications. Like all database engines, there are some things that Falcon does very well and other things it does less well.

This talk is intended for users contemplating using Falcon for new applications. Starkey and Harrison will discuss the differences between Falcon and other storage engines, the types of applications for which Falcon is a good fit, and ways to exploit Falcon’s strengths at the design stage.

Jim Starkey

MySQL

Jim Starkey is Falcon Architect and a MySQL Principal Engineer. Jim has been instigator, implementor, or founder of any number of database products including DEC’s Datatrieve and Rdb/ELN (instigator), Interbase Software (founder), Firebird (gadfly) and Firebird/Vulcan (developer), and Netfrastructure, Inc. (founder). Jim is known as the inventor of the blob, multi-generational concurrency control, and probably the date datatype. When he can find the time, he sails and flies a small plane.

Ann Harrison

MySQL

Ann Harrison is theorist-in-residence for the Falcon. Ann has been a co-conspirator for any number of database products including DEC’s PDP-11 database system, InterBase Software, and the Firebird open source database. When she can find the time, she sails and flies a small plane.

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