An Introduction to BLOB Streaming for MySQL Project

Java, Storage Engine Development and Optimization
Location: Ballroom A Level: Intermediate

The goal of the BLOB Streaming project for MySQL is to provide a scalable, stream-based, infrastructure for the storage and retrieval of pictures, films, MP3 files and other binary and text objects (BLOBs) to and from the database.

The first step has been taken with the creation of the BLOB Streaming engine for MySQL, a storage engine that allows BLOB data to be uploaded and downloaded directly to and from a MySQL table, using the standard HTTP protocol.

This session explains why BLOB streaming may be relevant to your project, how it all works, and how you can get started. Also covered by this session are: system design, replication and backup of BLOBs, performance and plans for a distributed BLOB repository.

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Paul McCullagh

PrimeBase Technologies GmbH

Paul McCullagh is co-founder of PrimeBase Technologies GmbH, Germany, where he is responsible for core technology. He has 20 years experience in the development of database and internet related systems. Paul has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town where he specialized in operating system design and implementation.

Paul is the developer of the PBXT transactional storage engine for MySQL ( More recently his work has included the development of the BLOB streaming engine for MySQL (

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