Re: Jim Gray article on Next Generation Databases
On 5/4/05, Ken North <kennorth@s...> wrote: > >> As others noted, however, these ideas have been around for a long > time, e.g. MUMPS was a DB deeply integrated into an OS and programming > language; > > Other examples of database integrated into the OS > > Microdata Reality (1974) -- first minicomputer to do this > IBM System 38 (1978) -- ancestor of the AS/400. > > If I remember correctly, Microdata used a microprogrammable instruction set for > the Reality. (Microcode implemented data management operators as part of the > machine's instruction set.) Interesting: somewhere between 1982 - 88 I sat down with a bunch of hardware geeks who where looking at a way of exploiting a highly parallel design (multicore RISC) they had come up with and suggesting they do hardware/microcode based tree manipulation. (Never went anywhere, but I still have the notebooks in a closet.) At the time I hadn't been able to come up with any other hardware based data management, but then again, I was only peripherally aware of the Microdata. How is that you stumbled across it? -- Peter Hunsberger
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