Feeds

Microsoft snags Google-thrashing data pioneer

SQL Server gets cloudy

Application security programs and practises

Microsoft has recruited database guru David DeWitt to head up a new database research lab. Based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where DeWitt was until recently professor of computing sciences, the new lab will focus on advanced data-management techniques.

Working with Microsoft researchers based in Redmond, Washington, graduate students from the university will have access to Microsoft's SQL Server source code and cloud computing facilities. Dewitt said this will "enable the graduate students at Wisconsin to explore unique avenues of research that are not open to graduate students elsewhere."

Well known in database circles, DeWitt comes with many years experience of practical research into database technology including the Niagara query engine and the Paradise parallel database for geographical information systems.

Recently DeWitt and Postgres architect Mike Stonebraker co-authored a controversial attack on Google's MapReduce database. Their view that MapReduce was "a giant step backwards" provoked a robust response from Google's supporters.

Microsoft described DeWitt's appointment as "a coup" and his knowledge of large and complex database technologies will certainly boost its efforts to cope with the next phase of database development.

The new lab has been named the Jim Gray Systems Lab as a tribute to the highly-regarded database innovator and Microsoft fellow Jim Gray who mysteriously disappeared in January 2007.®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.