Oracle and technological feasibility

Technological feasibility becomes a problem because the public at-large grossly misunderstands the capability of modern computers. Back in the 1980's many people assumed that computers like the HAL-9000 really existed (from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), and it was very difficult for practicing computer scientists to explain the real limitations for the hardware of the day.

Today, some intelligence sources must process more than four petabytes a month of data and the bar is constantly being raised on what constitutes technological feasibility. Most of the technological limitations today are driven by the limitations of the hardware, not the software as as of 2015, there are still many limits to our ability to process information:

- Drinking from the garden hose - With today's memory limitations, processing more than two million rows per second is not possible.

- Searching - Even with the fastest supercomputers, complex searching through petabytes of information cannot be done with sub-second response time.

- Storage density - As of 2015, it takes 37 megabytes just to store the DNA genome from a single human being, and it could be a century before humans can match the storage density of a mammalian brain.

- Artificial intelligence - Even with the advances in computing power, scientists still cannot replicate the intelligence of a fly's brain.

- Networking - Even with the "dark fiber" high-speed links, real limits exist of the speed that we can transfer large volumes of information.

Every computer science student is taught that hardware advances always precede advances in software, and Oracle is not exception. However, Oracle has had far more vision of emerging technologies than other database vendors, and Oracle is often years ahead of the technology.

One reason that Oracle continues to dominate the database market is their forward-thinking vision and their recognition that their software must be tested and ready-to-use as soon as the new hardware technology becomes available.

Follow the link below to better understand how Oracle is a technology-driven database and how Oracle leverages on emerging technologies to retain their place as the world's most flexible and robust database.

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