We are currently collecting comments, critizisms, and testimonials for the evaluation of our efforts by our public funders. If you want to share any thoughts that we may use in our report, please feel free to send us your comments!
The impact of the AlphaSort paper on me was primarily the realization that cache behavior was particularly important for the
performance of data intensive operations. I was particularly impressed by the clear way that cache behavior was controlled, and by
the high cache hit ratios obtained. I could foresee a time when for many reasonable applications, the entire database could fit into
main memory. In that context, cache behavior would be the critical performance factor, since the gap between processor speed and
main memory speeds was widening (about 2 orders of magnitude over the last 12 years). This observation would hold not just for
sorting, but for all database operations. Cache performance issues are now a central theme in my new main-memory database
project at Columbia.