hyc writes: "It was only a couple months ago that MemSQL was claiming to be the world's fastest database. But here we have a new contender; compiling to under 32K of object code it is unquestionably the world's smallest and most lightweight fully transactional database. It is also orders of magnitude faster than everything else for reads, and impressively fast for writes. It is a memory-mapped database (which, unlike an in-memory database, is intrinsically persistent. In-memory databases are ephemeral by design and require a persistence mechanism to be bolted on as an afterthought) which is completely impervious to corruption. It does not use write-ahead transaction logs, and requires zero recovery time when restarting after a crash. It's already shown impressive performance gains when used as a backend for OpenLDAP slapd, as well as for SQLite3. Work is underway to create backends for other projects (e.g. MemcacheDB, Cassandra) but your readers could help that along."