[Monetdb-developers] Concerning headless branch

Stefan.Manegold at cwi.nl Stefan.Manegold at cwi.nl
Tue Feb 15 11:13:12 CET 2011

Hi David,

For now, the goal of the developments in the "headless" branch are mainly
triggered by and aimed at our desire to radically clean-up the MonetDB code
base, both conceptually and literally.
Replacing BATs by COLs indeed is a major part of this clean-up, mainly
triggered by the observation that, in practice, BATs are mostly (only?)
Conceptually, COLs are nothing else but BATs with an implicit (rather than
explicit) void (dense) head with seqbase 0.

Yes, we plan to merge the headless branch back into the tip once we are
confident that we are on the right track.  However, we cannot yet estimate
when this will be, and whether there will still be a release of the current
tip, i.e., after Mar2011, but before merging the headless branch back into
the tip.

We'll keep our user community posted as soon as we know and/or changes
become relevant for you.

Kind regards,

On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 04:52:19PM -0800, dsuh wrote:
> I noticed a new headless branch that aims to replace BATs with COLs.
> Could you give me more information on COLs?
> Is what you are trying to achieve faster queries, less memory usage, or
> other advantages?
> Assuming that this is the new direction for MonetDB, do you expect that it
> will be merged with the Hg default tip for the next release after March
> 2011?
> Thanks.
> David Suh

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