Extending Database Management System Technology:

Can Control Freaks Learn to Play Well with Others?

Jeffrey Naughton
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, December 5, 2003
9am-10:30am
EGRC 313 -- NCSU Centennial Campus
(Driving directions and parking suggestions)


Over 45 years ago, W. McGee wrote a JACM paper describing some challenges in electronic data processing and outlining some initial ideas on how they might be solved. In the 45 intervening years, the DBMS community has made great strides in solving these problems, and has in the process created both a rich intellectual discipline and a multi-billion dollar commercial industry. In spite of this, or perhaps even because of it, we are at a crossroads. A number of high-profile domains have arisen (the Internet and Scientific Data Management are two good examples) in which, despite their being obvious candidates for the application of DBMS technology, to date database management systems have played only a minor role. In this talk I will briefly describe what I think are the reasons for the community's success to date, why I say that today's DBMS are "control freaks", and why I think that the solution to expanding their applicability lies in learning to "play well with others." This talk should be accessible to a general computer science audience.


About the speaker: Jeffrey F. Naughton earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He served as a faculty member in the Computer Science Department of Princeton University before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently Professor of Computer Science. His research has focused on improving the performance and functionality of database management systems. He has published over 100 technical papers, and received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator award, and was named an ACM Fellow in 2002.


The talk is sponsored by the E-Commerce @ NC State initiative


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