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Drizzle: Rethinking the MySQL Database Kernel

Jun 16, 2009, 18:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Zawodny)

"In other words, Drizzle is a re-thought and re-worked version of the MySQL kernel designed specifically for high-performance, high-concurrency environments. The goal is to make Drizzle an extensible database kernel that runs extremely fast on emerging hardware.

"Much like Linux is a fast kernel that can be extended with loadable modules (notably filesystems and device drivers, among others), Drizzle explicitly says "no" to building in some features, instead pushing them out of the core and into plug-ins. This separation allows Drizzle to focus on only the most essential features of a modern database kernel. In fact, it's almost a become a joke on the Drizzle mailing list that someone will say "Make it a plugin!" when anyone questions removing functionality from the server.

"At this point you may be wondering who would be crazy enough to think that MySQL, known for its speed and agility, needs to be radically re-worked. After all, it's been the dominant open source relational database for the better part of a decade now."

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