Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Gentlemen, Start your Engines

The racing season is upon us. We have both the Le Mans 24 hour race and the Indy 500 coming in the next month, both long distance, high speed motor racing events.

We also have the beta of PostgreSQL 9.1 and associated tools.

Just like motor sport, a 5 minute engine test proves very little. Only good solid usage at high levels of performance will prove whether the engine is good enough to be world class.

Just like a race, we have deadlines and we must remember we aren't the only people in the world producing database software. The deadline is more important this year because we are attempting to cut the time of the beta cycle down by weeks and months.

The PostgreSQL project needs you to start your engines. Start testing PostgreSQL 9.1 as soon as possible and take it to the very limits of durability and performance.

Make the tests run for 500 miles and/or 24 hours. Report the results, in detail.

Do it. Do it now.

1 comment:

  1. For people who are unfamiliar with building PostgreSQL manually, it would be a lot easier if there were semi-official distro repositories with beta packages.

    For Debian and Ubuntu, maybe you could cooperate with Martin Pitti who is the maintainer of the official PostgreSQL packages, and also runs a Ubuntu PPA repository for more recent versions.