Author Archives: Martin Farach-Colton

Announcing TokuMX v1.0: Toku+Mongo = You Can Have It All

Posted On June 19, 2013 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 18 comments

Tokutek is known for its full-featured fast-indexing technology. MongoDB is known for its great document-based data model and ease of use. TokuMX, version 1.0, combines the best of both worlds. So what, exactly, is TokuMX? The simplest (but incomplete) answer is that TokuMX is MongoDB with all its storage code replaced by Tokutek’s Fractal Tree […]

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Announcing TokuDB v7 Enterprise Edition: Hot Backup and Support

Posted On June 11, 2013 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 0 comments

As promised, the Enterprise Edition of TokuDB®, Version 7, is ready. TokuDB Version 7, Enterprise Edition, introduces Hot Backup. You can now back up all your TokuDB tables directly from MySQL or MariaDB, with no down time. In addition, TokuDB Enterprise Edition comes with a support package. TokuDB v7 Enterprise Edition maintains all our established […]

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Announcing TokuDB v7: Open Source and More

Posted On April 22, 2013 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 28 comments

Every few months, I get the fun job of announcing what’s new in TokuDB®, but this time is special. With Version 7, TokuDB for MySQL and MariaDB is going open source. The free Community Edition is fully functional and fully performant. It has all the compression you’ve come to expect from TokuDB. It has hot […]

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NoSQL is Great, But You Still Need Indexes

Posted On February 20, 2013 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 1 comments

I’ve said it before, and, as is the nature of these things, I’ll almost certainly say it again: your database performance is only as good as your indexes. That’s the grand thesis, so what does that mean? In any DB system — SQL, NoSQL, NewSQL, PostSQL, … — data gets ingested and organized. And the […]

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Announcing TokuDB v6.6: Performance Improvements

Posted On January 8, 2013 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 1 comments

We are excited to announce TokuDB® v6.6, the latest version of Tokutek’s flagship storage engine for MySQL and MariaDB. This version offers three types of performance improvements: in-memory, multi-client and fast updates. Although TokuDB is optimized for large tables, which are larger than memory, many workloads consist of a mix of large and small tables. […]

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Fractal Tree Indexing Overview

Posted On December 6, 2012 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 13 comments

We get a lot of questions about how Fractal Tree indexes work. It’s a write-optimized index with fast queries, but which write-optimized indexing structure is it? In this ~15 minute video (which uses these slides), I give a quick overview of how they work and what they are good for.

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Announcing TokuDB v6.5: Optimized for Flash

Posted On September 25, 2012 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 3 comments

We are excited to announce TokuDB® v6.5, the latest version of Tokutek’s flagship storage engine for MySQL and MariaDB. This version offers optimization for Flash as well as more hot schema change operations for improved agility. We’ll be posting more details about the new features and performance, so here’s an overview of what’s in store. […]

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Mi Buenos Aires Querido

Posted On June 18, 2012 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 3 comments

Next week, a couple of us at Tokutek will be heading to Buenos Aires for the MySQL / MariaDB Conference & Expo LA. Gerry Narvaja actually grew up in Buenos Aires. My own family is Argentinian. I spent several years there as a child, and my childhood home in South Carolina was Argentinian in spirit: absolutely […]

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Basement Nodes: Turning Big Writes into Small Reads

Posted On June 6, 2012 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 0 comments

Executive Summary Fast indexing requires the leaves of a Fractal Tree® Index to be big. But some queries require the leaves to be small in order to get any reasonable performance. Basements nodes are our way to achieve these conflicting goals, and here I’ll explain how. Big Leaves On many occasions, we at Tokutek have […]

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The Sound and the NoSQL Fury

Posted On June 4, 2012 | By Martin Farach-Colton | 0 comments

The signal-to-noise ratio in the NoSQL world has made it hard to figure out what’s going on, or even who has something new. For all the talk of performance in the NoSQL world, much of the most exciting part of what’s new is really not about performance at all. Take for example, MongoDB, which has […]

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