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Linux gains skinny database for mobile, embedded apps

May 31, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

A portable, small-footprint database targeting embedded and mobile applications has achieved its first stable release. ITTIA's Fuel DB offers full transactional support, along with multi-threaded shared access, and implements a fast, efficient database that can be embedded within applications, the company says.

Claimed features and benefits of Fuel DB v1.0 include:

  • The ability to store an entire database in a single file
  • A portable file format allows a database to be created on a development machine, and accessed on an embedded device
  • Small footprint ensures more memory for the important processes of the application
  • Highly configurable to optimize the library for a specific application
  • Transaction log provides recovery after an application or system crash
  • Integrated B+Tree indexing
  • Multiple isolation levels
  • Convenient C/C++ API

Another touted benefit is planned support for “all industry-standard platforms.” This will allow developers to port applications between embedded OSes “without changing a single line of database code,” ITTIA claims. Fuel DB currently supports Linux, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, and VxWorks.

ITTIA is a database consulting company in Seattle that is best-known for db.*, an embeddable open source database that it adopted in August of 2004. ITTIA announced Fuel in November of 2005, saying the database was designed from scratch according to input from a large volume of potential customers.

ITTIA President Sasan Montaseri stated, “FUEL DB version one includes the most-requested features and functionalities required by embedded and mobile developers.”


Evaluation versions of Fuel DB are currently available for Linux, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, and VxWorks. Licensing terms were not disclosed.

A version of Fuel supporting YAFFS NAND flash filesystems, either with or without an operating system, was announced by ITTIA and Aleph One this January.

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