WebScaleSQL is a collaboration among engineers from several companies
that face similar challenges in running MySQL at scale, and seek greater
performance from a database technology tailored for their needs.
Our goal in launching WebScaleSQL is to enable the scale-oriented
members of the MySQL community to work more closely together in order to
prioritize the aspects that are most important to us. We aim to create a
more integrated system of knowledge-sharing to help companies leverage the
great features already found in MySQL 5.6, while building and adding more
features that are specific to deployments in large scale environments. In
the last few months, engineers from all four companies have contributed
code and provided feedback to each other to develop a new, more unified,
and more collaborative branch of MySQL.
But as effective as this collaboration has been so far, we know we’re
not the only ones who are trying to solve these particular challenges. So
we will keep WebScaleSQL open as we go, to encourage others who have
the scale and resources to customize MySQL to join in our efforts. And
of course we will welcome input from anyone who wants to contribute,
regardless of what they are currently working on.