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From "Michael J. Segel" <mse...@segel.com>
Subject Re: Quick question... on use with "Ram Drives" or FOBs...
Date Wed, 17 Aug 2005 17:40:02 GMT
On Wednesday 17 August 2005 10:57, David Van Couvering wrote:
> BTW, what kind of application do you have that doesn't require the data
> to be persistent over a memory failure?
Thats a good question, there are several scenarios that this could be applied.
(I'll give you an example shortly...)

The purpose of the discussion was to see if there were some simple hardware 
tricks that could be used to improve performance.

Considering the order (fastest to slowest):
Ram Drives would be the fastest storage/retrival system.
Bubble Memory / Flash Memory/ Memory sticks would be second.
10K RPM drives (High end scsi) would be the third,
7200 RPM drives (SATA, SCSI, IDE) would be the fourth.

Ram drives are the fastest but have the greatest risk due to their need to 
constant power.

The real question is that if we keep the database schema, transaction type, 
and transaction volume constant across these different types of media, we 
should see a performance difference. (Also trying to keep the amount of 
memory and other system stuff as constant as possible too.)

There are a couple of applications where you would want to put a portion of 
your database on high speed "persistent memory" storage. (You can see this in 
financial applications for example, or in some telemetry systems where you 
have high capture rates of important information.) There are a couple of ways 
to achieve this, however, the idea of using a flash card or memory stick does 
offer some interesting alternatives that are at a potential price point. 

Using a financial system example...
You want to create a system which captures trades in real time and then 
performs some calculations on the trade and some caputred data.

You can do this in memory since you're splitting the incoming feed to your 
persistant storage unit. If your trading system fails, you restart the real 
time feed and then reload the persistant data and resume trading. (In that 

With respect to a FOB or memory stick, there are some interesting applications 
Michael Segel
(312) 952-8175

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