OurSQL Episode 5: Falcon, Part 1

Finally, episode 5 is here. In this episode, the first part in a two-part series about Falcon, the new storage engine provided by MySQL, we talk about what happens when you query a Falcon table, going over and explaining MVCC and the record cache. Next episode will go over the serial logs and indexes.

Direct play episode 5 at:
http://technocation.org/content/oursql-episode-5%3A-falcon%2C-part-1-0

Subscribe to the podcast by clicking:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=206806301

You can Direct download all the oursql podcasts at:
http://technocation.org/podcasts/oursql/

Jim Starkey is a great speaker, and very funny to listen to – at one point he refers to a performance hit as a “performance surprise”. He’s also a piece of history – listen for his take on MVCC, which he invented.

Links:
Falcon features:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/falcon/en/se-falcon-features.html

Falcon documentation
http://www.mysql.org/doc/refman/5.1/en/se-falcon.html

Special thanks to Arjen Lentz (http://arjen-lentz.livejournal.com/) and Mark Matthews (http://www.jroller.com/page/mmatthews ) of MySQL AB for their answers and explanations, and Jim Starkey and Technocation for their use of the audio from the July 2006 Boston User Group meeting with Jim Starkey.

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