"Supporting ever-larger databases, with ever-increasing demands for getting 'answers' faster and faster requires a new way to approach the problem," a description of the technical overview session, boldly subtitled "query processing revolutionized," reads in part. "This session looks at the intersection of database, data warehouse, and storage solutions that will deliver on these requirements."
Rittman speculated that the accelerator has something to do with Oracle's Optimized Data Warehouse initiative and possibly also involves partitioning, OLAP, ASM, or "some new 11gR2 feature that [Oracle executives] Chuck Rozwat or Andy Mendelsohn will announce earlier in the week."
A person familiar with Oracle's plans confirmed Rittman's speculation that Oracle plans to announce important initiatives in data warehousing appliances, storage, and query acceleration.
The sessions are scheduled on the last day of OpenWorld, a day after Ellison's keynote address, entitled "Extreme. Performance."
Chris Kanaracus is a reporter for the IDG News Service. Lucas Mearian of Computerworld contributed to this story.