On Thu, Oct 27, 2005 at 06:39:33PM -0400, Ron Peacetree wrote:
> Databases basically come in 4 sizes:
> 1= The entire DB fits into memory.
> 2= The performance critical table(s) fit(s) into memory
> 3= The indexes of the performance critical table(s) fit into memory.
> 4= Neither the performance critical tables nor their indexes fit into memory.
> Performance decreases (exponentially), and development + maintenance 
> cost/difficulty/pain increases (exponentially), as you go down the list.
> While it is often not possible to be in class "1" above, do everything you 
> can to be in at least class "3" and do everything you can to avoid class "4".
> At ~$75-$150 per GB as of this post, RAM is the cheapest investment you can 
> make in a high perfomance, low hassle DBMS.  IWill's and Tyan's 16 DIMM slot 
> mainboards are worth every penny.

And note that your next investment after RAM should be better disk IO.
More CPUs *generally* don't buy you much (if anything). My rule of
thumb: the only time your database should be CPU-bound is if you've got
a bad design*.

*NOTE: before everyone goes off about query parallelism and big
in-memory sorts and what-not, keep in mind I said "rule of thumb". :)
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