Tableau Acquires High Performance Database HyPer

Tableau Software has acquired HyPer, a high performance database system that was developed initially as a research project in 2010 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). As part of the technology acquisition, Tableau says it will add key technical personnel and also plans to establish a research and development center in Munich and expand its research into high performance computing.

HyPer is a fast main-memory database system designed for simultaneous OLTP and OLAP processing without diminishing performance. HyPer also unifies transactions and analysis in a single system, and, Tableau says, when coupled with its own technology, will help customers take visual analytics closer to the transactional systems that support most businesses. 

"HyPer was born at TUM, similarly to how Tableau was founded out of Stanford," said Tobias Muehlbauer, who was among the Ph.D. students who worked on the initial research project at TUM.  "We have similar approaches to innovation and a shared vision to help the world see and understand data.”

HyPer will be integrated into Tableau's product lines and, according to Tableau, will add new capabilities for customers, including faster  and richer data analysis, improved data integration, data transformation and data blending, expanded support for big data efforts using semi-structure and unstructured data, and a unification of analysis and transactional systems.

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