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Re: Will PostgreSQL get ported to CUDA?

From: Hannu Krosing <hannu(at)krosing(dot)net>
To: Dann Corbit <DCorbit(at)connx(dot)com>
Cc: Christopher Browne <cbbrowne(at)gmail(dot)com>,pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Will PostgreSQL get ported to CUDA?
Date: 2008-01-31 10:21:20
Message-ID: 1201774880.7105.10.camel@huvostro (view raw or flat)
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On Wed, 2008-01-30 at 12:56 -0800, Dann Corbit wrote:

> It's too bad that they have a restrictive license.
> 
> Perhaps there is an opportunity to create an "information appliance"
> that contains a special build of PostgreSQL, a nice heap of super-speedy
> disk, and a big pile of GPUs for sort and merge type operations.  The
> thing that seems nice to me about this idea is that you would have a
> very stable test platform (all hardware and software combinations would
> be known and thoroughly tested) and you might also get some extreme
> performance.
> 
> I guess that a better sort than GPUSort could be written from scratch,
> but legal entanglements with the use of the graphics cards may make the
> whole concept DOA.

Maybe some physics engines are also wort a look.

Soemthing like:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/05/04/review_ageia_physx_board/

could suit some DB tasks better than GPU

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Hannu



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