McObject announces eXtremeDB version 4.5

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - December 28, 2011

The new version brings gains in speed, scalability and developer tools and also targets mission critical applications in the high performance computing sector.

McObject has announced eXtremeDB version 4.5 which it says improves performance in some features and introduces an integration option with third-party message router hardware to speed up communication in fault-tolerant eXtremeDB High Availability deployments.  It boosts developer productivity with the enhancements including a new Java application programming interface (API), improved SQL and High Availability interfaces and more efficient and scalable versions of popular database indexes.

eXtremeDB 4.5 adds a Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver for developing applications and accessing existing eXtremeDB databases in Java. The driver supports JDBC version 4, level 4 and is included with eXtremeSQL (eXtremeDB’s SQL ODBC interface). eXtremeDB already includes a Java Native Interface (JNI) with all editions; JDBC can deliver higher efficiency than native APIs for certain operations, such as complex queries and mass updates/deletes.

It targets mission critical applications in the high performance computing sector by integrating the database system’s High Availability (HA) edition with Solace Systems’ Solace Message Router appliance. The integration enables the Solace device to serve as the communication channel in an eXtremeDB-HA deployment.

With Solace Systems’ ultra-fast hardware-based messaging middleware as the “wire” between master and replica database nodes, the Solace router’s guaranteed message delivery feature enables eXtremeDB-HA to use a streamlined HA protocol and to eliminate one part of the messaging process (namely the “message acknowledgement” step). This results in less network traffic, reduced latency and a significantly faster transaction rate.

“The new eXtremeDB 4.5 bundles major improvements with many new features and refinements of existing capabilities. JDBC enjoys wide familiarity among enterprise developers, and the new driver meets a growing need as eXtremeDB’s use expands beyond its embedded systems origins. The eXtremeDB High Availability - Solace Message Router integration emerged from a successful McObject consulting project, and has applicability in low latency/high frequency trading, network infrastructure, and other uses where mission critical infrastructure applications demand both fault-tolerance and low-latency,” Steve Graves, McObject CEO and co-founder. 
Other enhancements include:

• Improved eXtremeSQL and eXtremeDB High Availability APIs.

• Better R-tree and hash indexes. eXtremeDB’s implementation of the R-tree index – used in mapping/geospatial applications – is faster and includes the MCO_NEIGHBORHOOD search type, which facilitates a search for index entries within a given radius of a point, to simplify searches like “find the nearest gas station. The dynamic hash index  grows as data is added, for greater speed and scalability.

• New database browser capabilities. The eXtremeDB browser utility gives developers a view into databases and a mechanism to list and modify objects. Version 4.5 adds tools that enable developers to create browsers for end-users to explore database content and data interrelationships within the context of their applications.

• Improved transaction managers. The eXtremeDB multiple-reader, single writer (MURSIW) transaction manager has added a “mostly read” mode to accommodate application data access patterns that write to the database only occasionally.

• Faster transaction logging. eXtremeDB Transaction Logging edition offers significantly faster performance via improved buffering and lightweight locking mechanisms in version 4.5.

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