IBM Speeds Up Big Data Analysis Capabilities

IBM is shipping a new version of its DB2 database software that includes a new feature called “BLU Acceleration,” designed to make it simpler, more economical and faster to analyze massive amounts of data. The new IBM DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration aims for analytics “at the speed of thought” with a range of made-in-IBM-Labs advances to significantly speed analytic workloads for databases and data warehouses.

The new solution set enables enterprises to “ingest huge amounts of data and apply insights from all this data at the point of impact," says Bob Picciano, general manager for IBM Information Management. "IBM's work with beta clients and internal tests show significant speed and simplicity. In one example, BLU Acceleration was shown to be 10 times faster than another well-known in-memory database system. Some queries that took seven minutes were shown to have dropped to eight milliseconds, thanks to the innovations in BLU Acceleration."

The new database version includes dynamic in-memory technology that loads terabytes of data in Random Access Memory, which streamlines query workloads even when data sets exceed the size of the memory. In addition, a feature called "Actionable Compression" enables analytics to be performed directly on compressed data without having to decompress it.

The new database also takes advantage of both multi-core and single instruction multiple data (SIMD) features in IBM POWER and Intel x86 processors, IBM says.

More information is available from IBM.