The beckman report on database research

Daniel Abadi, Rakesh Agrawal, Anastasia Ailamaki, Magdalena Balazinska, Philip A. Bernstein, Michael J. Carey, Surajit Chaudhuri, Jeffrey Dean, Anhai Doan, Michael J. Franklin, Johannes Gehrke, Laura M. Haas, Alon Y. Halevy, Joseph M. Hellerstein, Yannis E. Ioannidis, H. V. Jagadish, Donald Kossmann, Samuel Madden, Sharad Mehrotra, Tova MiloJeffrey F. Naughton, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Volker Markl, Christopher Olston, Beng Chin Ooi, Christopher Re, Dan Suciu, Michael Stonebraker, Todd Walter, Jennifer Widom

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A GROUP OF database researchers meets periodically to discuss the state of the field and its key directions going forward. Past meetings were held in 1989,6 1990,11 1995,12 1996,10 1998,7 2003,1 and 2008.2 Continuing this tradition, 28 database researchers and two invited speakers met in October 2013 at the Beckman Center on the University of California-Irvine campus for two days of discussions. The meeting attendees represented a broad cross-section of interests, affiliations, seniority, and geography. Attendance was capped at 30 so the meeting would be as interactive as possible. This article summarizes the conclusions from that meeting; an extended report and participant presentations are available at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-99
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2016

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