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Billy Newport interview

Proper tech stuff from Billy Newport over on the TheServerSide:

"We can demonstrate that application running on 6 dual processor blades at around 3k tps where each transaction consists of a database transaction with 12 statements and five outgoing messages. This represents the worst case workload of the application using real time matching when every incoming exchange price indication results in a match. More blades give linear scale up. The database needs to be partitioned also both from an availability point of view and for horizontal scalability. We used a quad CPU Intel box running DB2 that used a Network Appliance F940 iSCSI server for disks. The database was running at 98% CPU load at 3.6k transactions per second and these transactions were modifications, not simple cache hits."
"The key to horizontal scalability is eliminating cross talk and contention between servers. Stock trading, airline/hotel reservations, batch applications are examples of such applications. The ideal situation is that partitions do not need to interact with each other at all. If this is the case then we'll get linearly scalability. All applications that use a database will experience some cross talk within the database due to index locks or latches within the database (such as those surrounding the transaction log) until the application is using a partitioned database. Application Architects should strive to stay as close as possible to this ideal as possible for best performance."

More like that, please. The follow-up discussion ain't bad either.

I wish Chris Brumme was still posting.


May 12, 2005 06:58 PM