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MySQL and HeatWave Summit 2024 Recap

Author: Srinivasa Krishna | 4 min read | May 28, 2024

I had the opportunity to attend the MySQL and HeatWave Summit 2024 earlier this month, and was excited to hear about the innovations that are in-store.

Key Announcements at MySQL and HeatWave Summit 2024

I’ve summarized the key announcements from this MySQL event below, but you can also watch the MySQL State of the Dolphin keynote, What’s New in MySQL, and other sessions in this YouTube playlist.

  • Gen AI and Vector support for MySQL HeatWave. MySQL is bringing Generative AI capabilities to HeatWave, not just for vector storage, but also vector processing, embedding generation and small LLMs into the database. They have also expanded support for unstructured data. Previously, this was limited to semi-structured types. You can have Interactions and Responses in natural language processing. There’s been exciting news about enabling the support of the vector store VECTOR Datatype in the MySQL Community as well.
  • This opens up additional use cases for MySQL and Heatwave including recommendation systems, content generation & summarization, and anomaly detection. These major HeatWave releases are expected to go live in June 2024 as part of the general availability release.
  • MySQL Long Term Support (LTS) 8.4 released during the MySQL Summit. As the name suggests, LTS is more focused on stability and streamlining some of the legacy backward compatibility items, along with several bug fixes. A quick summary of the new features and changes in 8.4 can be found here.

Other Exciting New Features in MySQL and Heatwave

  • Disable double write buffer for storage and write performance
  • Bulk data ingestion process for InnoDB and HeatWave
  • MySQL autopilot recommendations for query optimization and index recommendation based on machine learning automation
  • Predictive analysis using Auto ML
  • JavaScript support inside MySQL and SP calls, enabling developers with more control
  • OTN release of MySQL Enterprise Edition for Developer version
  • Open telemetry support for MySQL
  • Observability and monitoring using database monitoring services for MySQL

If you are looking for loaded features and enhancements, MySQL 9.0, the next Innovation release, is scheduled for next quarter, likely July 2024.

MySQL and MySQL HeatWave have an exciting 2024 planned out, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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