OPEN SOURCE software and hardware vendors have come together to create a highly optimised version of the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, or LAMP, stack.
LAMP is used primarily for building dynamic websites and web services. The new version, Turbo LAMP, has seen MariaDB and IBM team up with other key partners to fine tune the stack for IBM's Power architecture, resulting in some impressive acceleration.
The INQUIRER chatted to MariaDB CEO Patrik Sallner at a roadshow in London, part of a European tour to show off the new capabilities.
"IBM have traditionally had an ecosystem of key partners that they work with and they've brought together a group to really demonstrate and leverage the power of the Power systems," he said.
"Together we've built the Turbo LAMP stack, with Canonical representing the Linux angle, Zen who is a PHD vendor, and MariaDB working together to really optimise the power of LAMP stack."
With IBM now fully committed to the Power architecture after the completed sale of its x86 server division to Lenovo last year, it seems the perfect time to really show what she can do.
"We demonstrated this in a use case, which was e-commerce. Magenta is one of the most widely used e-commerce platforms, which has traditionally been built using the LAMP stack, and we were able to demonstrate some pretty amazing capabilities using Power architecture," explained Sallner.
The LAMP stack is nothing new and even has its own Windows equivalent - the WAMP stack. So what's different this time? The answer lies in a holistic approach to the whole community.
"Traditionally the LAMP stack has been composed by the Linux vendors. What we've done is not only work with a Linux vendor, but with other software components and a hardware vendor to optimise through and through the hardware architecture and software stack to give maximum performance through and through," he said.
Sallner, who has never been shy of speaking out in favour of open source technologies, seems delighted to have another chance to show just what happens when a truly open source ecosystem combines.
"It's a great example of what happens when you align the best open source software with the best open source hardware. IBM are releasing the architecture under the Open Hardware Alliance," he explained.
"Benchmarks indicate we get over 2x the performance of a given server. That's always an issue, trying to squeeze a little more out of components, so that's a big step."
Full details of the results are already available on IBM's website. It's hoped that dynamic services such as WordPress will be able to take full advantage of the enhancements to make a noticeable improvement for end users.
The news forms part of what has already been a busy year for MariaDB. After adding support for Power8 at the end of last year, the company released the latest version of its Enterprise SQL in January, including encryption code donated by Google.
Also new this year is MaxScale, a database administration system which allows for scale rollout without affecting end users. µ
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