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From: Seth Grimes <grimes(at)altaplana(dot)com>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Column stores
Date: 2008-01-28 20:04:11
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Column stores are all the rage now in the data warehousing world as an 
alternative to traditional approaches and to MPP approaches that include 
Greenplum.  There's one company, InfoBright, that's offering a 
column-store engine, not open source, for MySQL.

Would a column store work within PostgreSQL from a technical point-of-view 
and is anyone pursuing this?

(As an aside, I explored something along these lines myself in the 
mid-'90s using InterBase (now Firebird) and Illustra, building on top of 
blobs to store data arrays.)


Seth Grimes   Alta Plana Corp, analytical computing & data management
               Intelligent Enterprise magazine (CMP), Contributing Editor
grimes(at)altaplana(dot)com    301-270-0795


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