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Technology Showcase

Special-Purpose Data Management

Professor Stan Zdonik, Brown University

In this talk, we will discuss evidence that the era of a single monolithic solution to the world's data management needs is over. A single architecture cannot deliver the high-performance of specialized approaches. Over the last five years, we have been engaged in several efforts to build special-purpose platforms that can more precisely address diverse modern workloads. In this talk, we will describe a couple of these systems. We will also show that in order to achieve the best performance from these systems, a workload-specific physical design is necessary. Given the complexity of such a physical design, it is more and more difficult for a human DBA to produce it. For this reason, we will pay special attention to the problem of automatic physical design in each setting and will argue that there are plenty of interesting new research questions lurking there.

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