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Retrospective on SIGMOD 2014


I just finished serving as the PC Chair of SIGMOD 2014 Conference. We implemented a number of changes this year, so I thought it would be worthwhile to document our experiences and my thoughts. The good news is that SIGMOD continues to experiment with the structure of the conference and SIGMOD Executive continues to be very supportive of these efforts. Hopefully, the conference continues to improve [...]

ACM Books to Launch | December 2013 | Communications of the ACM

ACM Books to Launch | December 2013 | Communications of the ACMACM has launched a book program and I have agreed to be the Founding Editor-in-Chief. Read more about the series in this CACM editorial. You can reach the home page of the series by clicking ACM Books. Suggestions for books are very welcome. [...]

Computer science publication culture: where to go from here?

I have written a blog for ACM SIGMOD on the computer science publication culture. The blog is here. My main thesis is that  in the long run, we will follow other science and engineering disciplines and start treating journals as the main outlet for disseminating our research results. I outline some of the steps that we can take in getting there from where we are today. I would love to hear of opinions [...]

Principles of Distributed Databases – Third edition is out, finally!…


The third edition is finally out… It has been ten years since the release of the second edition — it took a while, but we are very happy with the results. We actually started the revision back in 2005 hoping to finish it by 2006, but, as usual, the plans met the reality of many other commitments on both of our parts.The book is almost a complete re-write. We kept the fundamental principles that [...]

J.C.R. Lickider and the early days of computing

I just finished reading The Dream Machine by M. Mitchell Waldrop (not the 1991 movie…). It is a biography of J. C. R. Licklider, but it is much more than that – it is the story of the very early days of computing in the US starting in the 1950s. J. C. R. Licklider, or Lick as he apparently preferred to be called, started his career at Harvard in the Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory in 1943 after receiving [...]