Linux Labs announced a key stepping stone towards large-scale deployment of the Linux Operating System. Called Clusgres, this product has the ability to make standalone applications run in parallel across a group of computers and act as one, including the Open Source database system PostgreSQL. To date there has been no capability to either increase speed of free database servers for Linux or to allow them to scale past the limitations of a single server. Despite advances in clustered supercomputing, there has been no capability for a server program running on a single machine, let alone the PostgreSQL database, to transparently operate across linked computers and to operate as if a single large program.
Linux Labs Releases Clustered PostgreSQL
2004-01-30 Databases 8 Comments
I think “no capability for a server program .. to transparently operate accross linked computers” is a stretch. As long as the server process is broken into sub processes, like apache, MOSIX will do a pretty good job spreading the load accross machines.
That’s great that they made a wrapper for postgres. Fact of the matter is that their implementation is a hack. I don’t see why anyone would want to take them seriously.
There is a similar way of making databases “clustered”. That is through using clustered jdbc..It will probably give the same benefits, as long as the clients are all java
I really didn`t think it possible to come up with a worse name than PostgreSQL, but ClusgreSQL really takes the biscuit. These guys are a superpower in anti-nomenclature.
The anti-nomencalure name might be why MySQL is more popular. :]
I always say Post-Grey-Squirrel because it’s the only thing I could imagine prnouncing it as. Anyone know better?
Sounds all fine and nice but how well does it work? Does it take 3 months to deploy it? seems more like smoke and mirrors or a configuration headache.
LOL @ Mongrel. I have to agree that Postgres has a hideous name.
The history of the database is that it was based on Ingres, (short for ‘Interactive Graphics Retrieval System’) which was developed at Berkley in the early ’70s.
About ten years later, members of the team worked on their post-Ingres database (Post-gres) which added object typing.
Another ten years passed, and the SQL language was added.
‘The official pronunciation of “PostgreSQL” is “Post-Gress-Q-L”.’
It’s bad, but doesn’t sound quite as bad to me with the history in mind.
There’s a _slight_ chance that it might be changed back to Postgres though; it was mentioned from time to time in the pgsql-hackers mailing list. Perhaps if we bug the developers enough… 😉