MariaDB Launches Innovation Labs, Partners with Intel

MariaDB Corporation is creating a research division that tackles the most extreme challenges in the database field and will partner with Intel on its inaugural initiative.

Dubbed MariaDB Labs, the division will bring together world-class experts and industry leaders to make discoveries that spawn new use cases.

For its inaugural initiative, MariaDB Labs will collaborate with Intel to implement reference architecture for databases with disaggregated memory and storage in modern data centers.

“Geo-distributed applications, non-volatile memory, predictive optimizers and self-driving databases are the new inflection points in this era of modern data computing,” said Michael Howard, CEO, MariaDB Corporation, “With MariaDB Labs, we want to recharge the conversation and inspire new research in solving these challenges. The first initiative under this goal is our collaboration with Intel on a new reference architecture and implementation based on distributed storage using high-performance fabrics.”

For the inaugural MariaDB Labs initiative, Intel and MariaDB are collaborating on a truly innovative open source database using a disaggregated cloud-centric storage architecture.

The research will specifically examine the use of shared, log-structured storage to support the persistence requirements of distributed databases, bringing fast recovery and cloning through an automated recovery process.

MariaDB Labs is focused on three fundamental areas of research, including:

  • Machine learning to transform the ways in which MariaDB is deployed and managed in public and private clouds, and employ learning methods for database self-configuration and self-optimization.
  • Distributed computing to break through long-held beliefs in relational technology and compromises in NoSQL, raising the bar for web-scale, geo-distributed deployments and executing on new approaches for one of the industry’s most difficult to solve problems.
  • Next generation chips, memory and storage to radically change the infrastructure on which databases run, advancing performance, high availability, costs and energy conservation.

“Our research collaboration with MariaDB will focus on an innovative distributed log architecture using Intel Optane SSDs and Intel Persistent Memory woven together through high-performance fabrics,” said Alper Ilkbahar, Intel vice president, data center group general manager, datacenter memory and storage solutions. “Our shared goal is to enable faster recovery and cloning, increase overall performance and resilience, and reduce solution TCO from today’s level.”

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