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----- Original Message -----
From: "David Shamlin" <David.Shamlin em sas.com>
To: <firebird-devel em lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 6:56 PM
Subject: [Firebird-devel] SAS contribution to Vulcan
My name is David Shamlin; I am with SAS Institute, Inc
(http://www.sas.com/). SAS is the company that comissioned the Vulcan port
of Firebird. We are a business and analytic intelligence software vendor.
A year and a half ago we identified a business need to incorporate
relational/ACID transaction storage capabilities into our platform bundle
and decided to pursue an open source database solution that met our
requirements. We chose Firebird because it supported an embedable database
engine and implemented many of the SQL semantics our consumers need. Because
our software platform runs on a number of 64-bit SMP operating systems, our
first order of business was to create a Firebird port to one of these
systems and introduce modest (i.e., multiple user requests executing in
parallel) multi-threading capabilities to the engine. We entered into a
partnership with IBPhoenix and with Paul Beach's help acquired the services
of Jim Starkey to do much of the heavy lifting on the project for us.
In December of last year, Jim (with Ann's help) finished the initial phases
of this work which has come to be refered to as the Firebird Vulcan project.
During that time, we also had the opportunity to address some minor JDBC
issues with Roman and discuss testing strategies with Pavel. Currently, SAS
has three developers and a DBMS product specialist working full time with
the Vulcan source. A couple of additional individuals are contributing on a
part time basis to additional porting and testing efforts. We have an
initial port to z/OS completed, and I hope to initiate ports to a couple
more 64-bit Unix/Linux systems in the first quarter of this year.
SAS's intent since the beginning of the project has been to contribute to
the Firebird open source project and continue to be an active supporter
through direct development and possibly commissioning further coding
projects in the future. Since Jim turned over his final work to us in
December, we have accumulated a series of source code changes that address
some bugs we've uncovered through our testing. At this point, we're
interested in committing these changes to the new Vulcan repository on
Sourceforge and would like to enter into a dialog with the Firebird project
administrators on how we can most effectively accomplish that.
We're pleased with the results we have achieved with Firebird/Vulcan to date
and excited about becoming an active participant in the Firebird project. I
trust the community at large also sees the value inherent in Vulcan and will
welcome SAS's contribution. We look forward to the opportunity to
collaborate with the team and getting to know others involved with Firebird
I can be reached for direct follow up at david.shamlin em sas.com
<mailto:david.shamlin em sas.com> and will continue monitor this mail list in
case the group wishes to have a more public discussion.
Thanks for your attention -- David
R&D Director, SAS Institute, Inc
david.shamlin em sas.com
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