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- Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Thomas Richter about Swarm64, a PostgreSQL extension to improve parallelism and add support for FPGAs
- How did you get involved in the area of data management?
- Can you start by explaining what Swarm64 is?
- How did the business get started and what keeps you motivated?
- What are some of the common bottlenecks that users of postgres run into?
- What are the use cases and workloads that gain the most benefit from increased parallelism in the database engine?
- By increasing the processing throughput of the database, how does that impact disk I/O and what are some options for avoiding bottlenecks in the persistence layer?
- Can you describe how Swarm64 is implemented?
- How has the product evolved since you first began working on it?
- How has the evolution of postgres impacted your product direction?
- What are some of the notable challenges that you have dealt with as a result of upstream changes in postgres?
- How has the hardware landscape evolved and how does that affect your prioritization of features and improvements?
- What are some of the other extensions in the postgres ecosystem that are most commonly used alongside Swarm64?
- Which extensions conflict with yours and how does that impact potential adoption?
- In addition to your work to optimize performance of the postres engine, you also provide support for using an FPGA as a co-processor. What are the benefits that an FPGA provides over and above a CPU or GPU architecture?
- What are the available options for provisioning hardware in a datacenter or the cloud that has access to an FPGA?
- Most people are familiar with the relevant attributes for selecting a CPU or GPU, what are the specifications that they should be looking at when selecting an FPGA?
- For users who are adopting Swarm64, how does it impact the way they should be thinking of their data models?
- What is involved in migrating an existing database to use Swarm64?
- What are some of the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while building and growing the product and business of Swarm64?
- When is Swarm64 the wrong choice?
- What do you have planned for the future of Swarm64?
- From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?
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