Percona and HandlerSocket

Percona just announced that they’re going to include HandlerSocket in the latest Percona build.

This is huge news. In case you aren’t aware, HandlerSocket is a raw protocol interface that is similar to a dictionary lookup (kind of like memcached, or a hashtable) and does NOT go through the SQL parser.

The performance implications are huge as this thing flies.

Most web applications access data in terms of key/values. In fact, databases like Redis take the concept a bit further and implement functions you can use to manipulate keys directly.

What’s interesting here is that I think HandlerSocket is bigger than Percona and probably deserves a whole project and open source community behind it directly.

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