By Przemek Tomczak
Ontario’s electricity system is overseen by a semi-governmental entity called the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The IESO’s responsibilities include ensuring that there is enough power to meet the province’s energy needs and to plan for future needs. As part of that mission, a Smart Meter Entity within the IESO administers the data generated by Ontario’s four million smart meters.
The volume of data generated by the province exceeds 250 billion smart meter reads, and grows by 100 million meter reads per day. The administrator of this data is required to provide it to the utilities in the province in a timely manner and has set up a meter data management system (MDM/R) to do so.
However, the existing transaction and relational database systems within the MDM/R were not originally designed to handle the increasing requirements of the fast growing database. That’s where Kx came in with its high-performance database system kdb+, and the suite of powerful visualization tools built on top of it.
The IESO chose Kx after thoroughly testing a number of other technologies. They found that kdb+ delivered very high levels of performance at the lowest total cost of ownership. The IESO conducting over 25 tests on five years of data from five million meters, and proved that kdb+ outperformed any of its competitors.
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