Fraunhofer FOKUS

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Fraunhofer FOKUS

Researchers at Fraunhofer FOKUS completed extensive lab benchmarking with their Open IPTV Ecosystem with two database systems - Oracle´s MySQL and Versant Object Database.


The number of users simultaneously accessing the same TV programs and channels via Internet is rapidly growing. In this application domain, the database must provide fast access to rather complex data, easy integration into an ever evolving application code, and support massive concurrent access from potentially millions of consumers.


Fraunhofer FOKUS benchmarked the use of Versant Object Database and Oracle‘s MySQL within the Fraunhofer FOKUS Open IPTV Ecosystem. The benchmark provides quantitative results to help compare and analyze performance, complexity, scalability and total costs of ownership of the tested ecosystem.


The Versant Object Database achieved impressive results in the benchmark use cases versus the Oracle MySQL database. Delivery of complex broadband content guide (EPG) information was eight times faster using Versant’s object database. Researchers also noted a 50% improvement in speed while controlling IPTV services. Fraunhofer FOKUS has deployed the enhanced FOKUS Open IPTV Ecosystem with the Versant Database Engine at two proof of concept sites in Singapore and Taiwan. Both sites are managed by the Open IPTV Forum.

About Fraunhofer FOKUS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (Fraunhofer FOKUS) is a Berlin-based research facility devoted to studying and developing communication and information technologies. In particular, it specializes in multi-domain networks and interoperable, user-centered solutions.

With more than 20 years experience, Fraunhofer FOKUS is an important IT research partner for the telecommunications sector, the automobile industry, media services, and public administrations. It frequently cooperates with governmental agencies and software companies to create need oriented eGovernment solutions and is a leading collaborator in projects funded by the European Union as well as by national-level sponsors.