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April 25, 2007

Clash of the Database Egos

The second "keynote" of Wednesday morning at the 2007 MySQL Conference is Kaj Arno refereeing a conversation between a number of "database egos." Since MySQL has a number of storage engines there are a handful of folks who have founded major database technology efforts that can be used from MySQL.

Monty Widenius: Co-founder of MySQL [answers a lot of the typical quesitons about how MySQL started].

Heikki Tuuri: created InnoDB. Worked for Solid and then went to University and decided to start with something new. Monty convinced him to open source.

Mikael Ronstrom: Father of 5 children and creator of MySQL Cluster. Came from Ericcson.

Jim Starkey: Father of many databases, most recently the Falcon storage engine.

Ari Valtanen: CTO of Solid Information Technology.

Paul Whittington: Father of NitroDB. High speeds, large volumes. Magic with using the index. Analytical queries can get data directly from the indexes. Added

Mike Smith: IBM.

Kaj asks "provocative" questions to the db egos to try to get them going. The API conversation is pretty mild. The conversation about ACID compliance gets a little more interesting.

What would you like to see on the Wikipedia? Heikki says "Wikipedia runs on InnoDB!"

Keynote ends with Kaj honoring Monty and designating him as the first MySQL Fellow. Standing ovation for Monty.

Posted by mike at April 25, 2007 9:45 AM