Streaming a Database in Real Time "Michael Stonebraker is well-known in the database business, and
for good reasons. He was the computer science professor behind Ingres
and Postgres. Eighteen months ago, he started a new company, StreamBase, with another computer science professor, Stan Zdonik, with the goal of speeding access to relational databases. In "Data On The Fly,"
Forbes.com reports that the company software, also named StreamBase, is
reading TCP/IP streams and using asynchronous messaging. Streaming data
without storing it on disk as are doing other relational database
software gives them a tremendous speed advantage. The company claims it
can process 140,000 messages per second on a $1,500 PC, when its
competitors can only deal with 900 messages per second."