Distinguished Lecture

The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box

Michael Stonebraker

Co-Director, Intel Science and Technology Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Friday, October 21, 2016
4:00pm - 5:00pm
1013 Dow

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About the Event

This Turing Award talk intermixes a bicycle ride across America during the summer of 1988 with the design, construction and commercialization of Postgres during the late 80’s and early ‘90’s. Striking parallels are observed, leading to a discussion of what it takes to build a new DBMS. Also, indicated are the roles that perseverance and serendipity played in both endeavors.


Michael Stonebraker (MS 1966, PhD 1971) has been a pioneer of database research and technology for more than a quarter of a century. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. These prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for twenty five years. More recently at MIT, he was a co-architect of the Aurora/Borealis stream processing engine, the C-Store column-oriented DBMS, the H-Store transaction processing engine, the SciDB array DBMS, and the Data Tamer data curation system. He presently serves as Chief Technology Officer of Paradigm4 and Tamr, Inc.

Stonebraker was awarded the ACM System Software Award in 1992 for his work on INGRES. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual SIGMOD Innovation award in 1994, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. He was awarded the IEEE John Von Neumann award in 2005, and the ACM AM Turing Award - the "Nobel Prize of computing" in 2014. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at MIT, where he is co-director of the Intel Science and Technology Center focused on big data.

Additional Information

Sponsor(s): EECS

Open to: Public

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECL3RIO728