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Tera-Tom's 1000 Page e-Book on Teradata Architecture and SQL, 2nd Edition by Tom Coffing, William Coffing

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Chapter 2 – The Teradata Architecture

“I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have.”

- Thomas Jefferson

The Basics of a Single Computer

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Data on disk does absolutely nothing. When data is requested, the computer moves the data one block at a time from disk into memory. Once the data is in memory, it is processed by the CPU at lightning speed. All computers work this way. The “Achilles Heel” of every computer is the slow process of moving data from disk to memory. That is all you need to know to be a computer expert!

Teradata Parallel Processes Data

Teradata has been the pioneer in parallel processing since 1988, when Wells ...

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