webscalesqlA number of tech companies including Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter announced WebScaleSQL on Thursday as a project that adapts MySQL to their massively bigger database needs.

WebScaleSQL is a branch of MySQL designed to run MySQL at scale and gaining maximum performance from the database.

The WebScaleSQL.org project site says, “We aim to create a more integrated system of knowledge-sharing to help companies leverage the great features already found in MySQL 5.6, while building and adding more features that are specific to deployments in large scale environments. In the last few months, engineers from all four companies have contributed code and provided feedback to each other to develop a new, more unified, and more collaborative branch of MySQL.”