This port is the first in a series about the challenges behind database performance and how to accurately assess it. In future posts, we will dig more into the specifics of benchmarks and design choices.
The Penrose stairs of performance
If you are following database innovation you can see that nearly every database vendor out there has at least one benchmark putting them in the first place. With every vendor selling the fastest database there is, you end up in a Penrose stairs situation where everyone is faster than everyone.