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Friday, 8 January 2021

Polaris The Distributed SQL Engine in Azure Synapse

 Very Large Data Base Endowment Inc. (VLDB Endowment) is a non-profit organisation incorporated in the United States for the sole purpose of promoting and exchanging scholarly work in databases and related fields throughout the world. The VLDB conference, usually annually, is an academic conference focusing on data management technology.

The academic papers that they publish are all available online for free. One such paper describes the SQL query engine, Polaris, in Azure Synapse. The academic paper can be read here.

Josep Aguilar-Saborit, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Krish Srinivasan, Kevin Bocksrocker, Ioannis Alagiannis, Mahadevan Sankara, Moe Shafiei, Jose Blakeley, Girish Dasarathy, Sumeet Dash, Lazar Davidovic, Maja Damjanic, Slobodan Djunic, Nemanja Djurkic, Charles Feddersen, Cesar Galindo-Legaria, Alan Halverson, Milana Kovacevic, Nikola Kicovic, Goran Lukic, Djordje Maksimovic, Ana Manic, Nikola Markovic, Bosko Mihic, Ugljesa Milic, Marko Milojevic, Tapas Nayak, Milan Potocnik, Milos Radic, Bozidar Radivojevic, Srikumar Rangarajan, Milan Ruzic, Milan Simic, Marko Sosic, Igor Stanko, Maja Stikic, Sasa Stanojkov, Vukasin Stefanovic, Milos Sukovic, Aleksandar Tomic, Dragan Tomic, Steve Toscano, Djordje Trifunovic, Veljko Vasic, Tomer Verona, Aleksandar Vujic, Nikola Vujic, Marko Vukovic, and Marko Zivanovic. 2020. POLARIS: the distributed SQL engine in azure synapse. Proc. VLDB Endow. 13, 12 (August 2020), 3204–3216. DOI:https://doi.org/10.14778/3415478.3415545 


The paper shares information on the new serverless SQL Pools service within Azure Synapse. It is an interesting read. Simon Whiteley discusses this paper which can be seen on You Tube


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