Update on the PBXT Storage Engine

Paul McCullagh (PrimeBase Technologies GmbH)
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The PBXT Storage Engine, which ships with MariaDB and Drizzle, is now a well established part of the MySQL ecosystem. Its distinctive, log-based architecture, performance characteristics and unique features make it a compelling alternative to InnoDB.

This talk covers the latest developments to the PBXT Storage Engine. This includes a description of engine level replication and the SSD-based secondary caching mechanism. The discussion will reveal how you can use a combination of conventional drives and solid state technology to get more “bang for buck”. Emphasis will be placed on technical aspects, discussing how things work, and giving practical examples.

I will present the latest performance results for PBXT which reveal a particular sweet spot when running a new benchmark called the “Provider Benchmark”. This benchmark simulates the administration of e-mail accounts and other document management systems. We will investigate why PBXT performs so well in such tests.

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Paul McCullagh

PrimeBase Technologies GmbH

Paul McCullagh is co-founder of PrimeBase Technologies GmbH, Germany, where he is responsible for core technology. He has over 20 years experience in the development of database and internet related systems. Paul has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town where he specialized in operating system design and implementation.

Paul is the developer of the PBXT transactional storage engine for MySQL (www.primebase.org). More recently his work has included the development of the BLOB streaming engine for MySQL (www.blobstreaming.org).

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John Schulz
04/15/2011 5:00am PDT

Interesting Storage engine concept.

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