Donald KossmannJeffrey F. Naughton and Richard Winter with Pekka Kostamaa will be the featured keynote speakers at ICDE 2010.

How new is the cloud?

Donald KossmannETH Zurich and 28msec Inc.

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Cloud computing has been identified by Gartner as one of the ten most disruptive technologies for the next decade. It has made many promises and the first products have appeared on the market place and are rapidly gaining adoption. Time to step back a bit.

This talk first gives an overview of the promises made by cloud computing. Which promises really matter? Which promises were only made because they could be fulfilled? And, which promises were only made because they could not be validated? Second, this talk discusses the fundamental limitations, light-housed by the CAP theorem. How bad is it really? Third, this talk discusses alternative architectures for data management in the cloud. What works? What is new? Fourth, this talk addresses the changes application programmers will face. What is realistic? Finally, this talk reports on three years of running a cloud computing start-up. What do users like, what do investors like? What do I like?

Donald Kossmann is a professor for Computer Science at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the CEO of 28msec Inc. He received his MS in 1991 from the University of Karlsruhe and completed his PhD in 1995 at the Technical University of Aachen. After that, he held positions at the University of Maryland, the IBM Almaden Research Center, the University of Passau, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Heidelberg. At ETH Zurich and 28msec, he develops new technologies at the intersection of database systems, web technologies, and distributed systems. Before joining ETH and 28msec, Donald Kossmann was a co-founder of i-TV-T AG (1998, still in business) and XQRL Inc. which was founded in 2002 and acquired by BEA in the same year.

DBMS: Lessons from the First 50 Years, Speculations for the Next 50

Jeffrey F. NaughtonUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison

Some of the major themes in DBMS research appeared in the computer science literature as early as 50 years ago. The community has had a very productive time over the past 50 years exploring these themes, in the process contributing to a major software industry and creating a large and vibrant research community. I will give a subjective and probably highly biased view of these themes and why they have been so persistent, and speculate on how they might continue to persist in the future. While we will probably continue to be productive over the next 50 years as well, there are reasons for concern going forward. I will close with some speculation on what we might do to deal with this.

Jeffrey F. Naughton

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. He received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991, received the Vilas Associate Award for Excellence in Research in 2000, was named an ACM Fellow in 2002, and was a member of the Gamma project that received the 2008 ACM Software Systems Award. He has served as a consultant for companies including Greenplum and Teradata/NCR, and is currently a consultant at the Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab.

Large Scale Data Warehousing: Trends and Observations

Richard WinterWinter Corporation
Pekka Kostamaa (Presenter), Teradata

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How large are data warehouses? How fast are they growing? How big are they going to get? What is driving their growth? Why is all this data of value in commercial enterprises? What can we say about how these large data warehouses are being used? What are some key challenges ahead? In this talk, Richard Winter will share his views and observations concerning these questions and others, based on more than three decades of involvement with commercial data warehouses and their preferences.

Richard Winter

Richard Winter is an industry expert in large scale data management technology, architecture and implementation with over twenty-five years of experience.  As President of WINTERCORP (, a consulting firm in Cambridge MA,  he advises executives on their strategies and critical projects, focusing on scalability, performance and availability in data warehousing.   Mr. Winter is a frequent author and speaker; and, teaches seminars on scalability management, including the architecture and selection of data warehouse platforms.
From 1995-2005, Mr. Winter founded and directed the Winter Large Scale Database Research Project, which measured the scale of the largest publicly acknowledged databases in the world and published its findings on the internet and in a series of research reports.

Pekka Kostamaa

Pekka Kostamaa (Presenter) is the Director of Advanced Development and Enterprise Architecture for Teradata R&D. His group is responsible for research of advanced topics for features to be added to the Teradata Warehouse platform in the 3-5 year time frame. The group also produces Intellectual Property and maintains academic and university relationships for the company.
Pekka has been involved with the Teradata database for over 20 years in several different development functions. Among others, he has been a performance analyst, a software developer, a development architect, and a department manager for the performance and optimizer groups.
Before Teradata and during a few year absence from Teradata, Pekka joined some start-up companies, and did consulting in the data warehouse and database areas. He has several publications, holds six patents with about 20 pending, and is a member of the UCLA Computer Science Advisory Board.