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Keshav Murthy is a Vice President at Couchbase R&D. Previously, he was at MapR, IBM, Informix, Sybase, with more than 20 years of experience in database design & development. He lead the SQL and NoSQL R&D team at IBM Informix. He has received two President's Club awards at Couchbase, two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards at IBM. Keshav has a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Mysore, India, holds eight US patents.

Less is More: Why Cost Based Optimizer?

Less is more.  — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe This is no truer statement on the goals of a query optimizer. Do less: Less memory, less CPU, less disk, less IO, less instructions, less partitions, less overflow. Less everything for...

/ September 7, 2019

It’s SQL. Again.

[crayon-5dd322159a68c145801223/] [crayon-5dd322159a694486620955/] — In the spirit of Alexander Pope and Sir John Squire.

/ August 31, 2019

Primary Uses for Couchbase Primary Index.

A couple of frequently asked questions on N1QL for query service: When do we actually use a primary index? Why the index advisor does not recommend the primary index when that may the only choice? Read on… Couchbase is a...

/ August 22, 2019

Cost Based Optimizer for Couchbase N1QL (SQL for JSON)

Authors & Engineering Team: Bingjie Miao, Keshav Murthy,  Marco Greco, Prathibha Bisarahalli. Couchbase, Inc.  A rule-based optimizer knows rules for everything and cost for nothing – Oscar Wilde Abstract Couchbase is a distributed JSON database. It provides distributed data processing,...

/ August 7, 2019

N1QL (Query) Basic Order of Execution.

Query syntax is limited. Queries are unlimited. Predicate pushdown, group by pushdown, offset pagination, keyset pagination, join optimization, search optimization, we’ve discussed it all. Still, it’s important to understand the default, simple — albeit slow — execution flow of the...

/ June 8, 2019

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of SQL in NoSQL Databases: A Comparative Study.

The business applications have requirements: take customer orders, deliver customer orders, track shipping, generate inventory report, end of the day/month/quarter business report, generate business dashboards and more.  These requirements evolve slowly. They remain even when you choose a NoSQL database....

/ May 26, 2019

Approaches to Query Optimization in NoSQL.

A man returned home after walking around the globe for eleven years.  Next day, when he told his wife he’s going to the corner store, she asked him: “are you taking the short route or the long one?”. Queries can...

/ May 5, 2019

Search and Rescue: 7 Reasons for N1QL (SQL) developers to use Search

People don’t want a four key index.  They need a four-ms response. Ted Levitt Application development is demanding. Each application is trying to progress on behalf of the customer — searching for the right product or the right form, ordering,...

/ April 22, 2019

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of SQL

Two score and five years ago two young IBM researchers brought forth on databases, a new language, conceived in relational, dedicated to the proposition that data can be manipulated declaratively and easily.   In the years since Don Chamberlin and Ramond...

/ April 2, 2019

N1QL: To Query or To Analyze?

Note: This recommendation note was written in collaboration with Till Westmann and Mike Carey, who lead the Couchbase analytics R&D. Couchbase’s Query and Analytics Services both support N1QL (SQL for JSON).  A common question is: “Which service should run my...

/ January 24, 2019