Database Legend: How Real-Time Data Analysis Will Transform Society
Database pioneer and StreamBase founder Mike Stonebraker foresees vast societal shifts as real-time data analysis changes how we treat the infirm, how we keep our soldiers from harm and even how we locate our wandering bambini at Disneyland.Mike Stonebraker is a database superstar. Not only is the former UC/Berkeley computer science professor the father of the popular relational databases Ingres and Postgres, he was also the founder of Illustra Information Technologies Inc., acquired by Informix, which in turn was acquired by IBM. The next project for this database pioneer takes shape in the form of StreamBase Systems Inc., a company thats churning out software designed to process, analyze and act on real-time data "within milliseconds of its arrival." Stonebraker is StreamBases founder and chief technology officer. StreamBase announced its Stream Processing Engine at the DEMOConference on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. eWEEK.com Database Editor Lisa Vaas recently got a chance to talk with Stonebraker about the issue of real-time data analysis, about how it leaves relational databases in its dust and, most importantly, how this cutting-edge technology is poised to transform our society. Financial services comes to mind, of course, but what really fires up Stonebraker are prospects like revolutionizing the care of emergency-room patients, the care of soldiers on the front lines or simply the ability to find your child when shes lost at Disney World.
Youve said that streaming data on the fly is something that ordinary relational databases cant handle. Why?