Integrating information retrieval in relational databases has been a long recognized goal. Still, databases lack support for advanced free text search and information retrieval functionality. At the same time, search engines are some of the most advanced and most rapidly developing information retrieval systems.
In this thesis we use one of the most advanced search engines available today, FAST Data Search, to add information retrieval support to a relational database, namely PostgreSQL. Implemented as a simple index access method, we explore different possibilities and discuss future solutions for doing this type of integration.