[Koha] Koha Newbie Questions

Jon Bek jonbek at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 13 05:04:04 NZST 2007


Thank you for the prompt and concise reply.

This greatly alleviates my concerns.

Based on your information, I will continue to consider Koha, with some of
the next steps likely including spinning up a test instance, migrating a
copy of my current production data, and then beating heck out of with
Compuware or Mercury Loadrunner to evaluate capacity and performance.

Thanks again!


Joshua M. Ferraro wrote:
> Hi Jon, 
> Just a quick note to address your question about the dual database design
> question. 
> In Koha version 2.2.x, we used a design with only one relational database
> at the 
> back-end. The database design was structured to allow us to divide up a
> record into its parts (fields, subfields, terms) to allow us to query on
> any/all of 
> those parts using SQL. 
> The problem with this design is that it doesn't scale well. Relational
> databases do 
> a great job of capturing transactions and storing data, but aren't too
> good at 
> allowing complex query operations on sets and subsets of that data. So for
> the 
> next version of koha (3.0), and the one that's been making the news
> lately, 
> we've integrated a textual database engine called Zebra
> (http://indexdata.dk/zebra) 
> that allows us to index the records (MARC, Holdings, Authorities, etc.)
> and 
> allow access to them via standard query languages and protocols (such as 
> Z39.50, SRW/U, CQL, CCL, PQF). The data is still stored in a back-end 
> relational database, the index is just one way to get at it ... it's
> primarily a 
> 'read-only' database and doesn't contain authoritative data. 
> Generally speaking, there would not be a need to 're-index' Zebra, or to
> have 
> any periodic patch process to update the index, unless you drastically
> altered 
> the search index configuration. The index is updated in real time along
> with 
> transactions that are stored in the relational tables. In the case where
> you did 
> need to re-index, I've seen Zebra crunch through 7 million records in
> about 
> 45 minutes. 
> This is really just a partial answer, because I've got to head out to a 
> conference I'm attending in Champaign IL this week :-). Let us know if 
> it answers some of your questions, and if you have additional ones. 
> Cheers, 
> -- 
> President, Technology migration, training, maintenance, support 
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jon Bek" <jonbek at yahoo.com> 
> To: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz 
> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 10:27:23 AM (GMT-0500)
> America/New_York 
> Subject: [Koha] Koha Newbie Questions 
> Hello, and please forgive me if I haven't navigated to precisely the right
> forum for Koha Newbie questions: I am the IT Project Manager for a very
> large public school district currently running the Sagebrush (now Follett)
> Accent product, which in turn uses the Unicorn engine (2003 version)
> created by Sirsi. On of our largest challenges with the architecture of
> our existing product is that the architecture is dependent upon two
> databases: BRS (for full text search) and OPAC. Nor does it appear that
> the division of labor between BRS and ORACLE is clean -- we can see that
> there are patron user indexes and other objects used by BRS that make no
> sense if the tasks were segregated as simply as they have been portrayed.
> Due to the number of libraries we serve (680+) and the number of titles in
> our OPAC (7,000,000+), a batch job which should run nightly to synchronize
> BRS temp and permanent indices and Oracle records very often cannot
> complete after hours. This batch (ADUTEXT) may not run during business
> hours, as it interferes with ordinary central cataloging tasks, as well as
> certain tasks (inventory, adding brief marc records, importing new copies
> of arriving shipments) in the field. I am interested in evaluating Koha,
> but am concerned by the touted "Dual Database" nature of Koha. This sounds
> very much like a trip down the same dead-end street we've encountered with
> Accent. Does anyone have insight & experience to share with me about batch
> or periodic processes required to maintain Koha (especially "nightly"
> stuff), or a better understanding of the the Koha architecture, and why it
> would or would not pose similar problems for an operation our size? Thanks
> in advance! -Jon 
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