Over the years database systems became extremely complex. This was necessary in order to accommodate the growing set of application requirements. As a result, database architectures today are not static. Each system comes with a vast array of knobs and there are numerous tuning… Read more about DB Kernels that Require No Tuning
Here is some advice on interviewing for faculty positions based on my experience.
Last year I promised that I would put a few words together about my experience in the faculty job market. Many people have done so in the past and I benefited a lot reading about their experiences. So I hope this helps some people as well, especially as the season is quickly getting under way and interviews are about to start.
If you have some connection to data management (business, research, etc.) there are good chances you heard the term "column-store".
In short, column-stores are one of the biggest movements in the history of data management systems. As we speak, all major database systems vendors are rewriting or rethinking their core data management systems due to this movement and the well accepted by now benefits that this new design brings for many aspects of data analytics. Many have already shipped new products or acquired an exciting startup (e.g., Vertica, VectorWise, etc.).
As I start a new adventure as a faculty member in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences I am also starting a new blog. This blog will be mainly about data systems research and academic life.