Some people think big thoughts – Ted Codd’s relational model for database management is an exemplar. Some people make things. But very few people both think big thoughts and make big things – companies, products, and high-value services. Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Thomas Edison spring to mind. They created (in some cases, are still creating) value for society, investors and academia.
And then there’s Mike Stonebraker: an academic at heart, an entrepreneur with a focused, pragmatic worldview.
I would encourage academics to pay attention to the real world, at least in those fields where the ultimate arbiter is real-world applications. - Dr. Stonebraker
The research that lead to Vertica (C-Store) was followed by research on H-Store. VoltDB is the commercial version of H-Store; it revolutionized data management with a number of insights: move the application/processing to the data for speed; pair SQL with an ACID relational model to ease application development, improve the results of queries, and provide businesses with operational control; process all data in-memory; and transact on streams of data in memory – during the transaction.
Stonebraker sat down with O’Reilly’s Mike Hendrickson to talk about winning the ACM’s A.M. Turing Award; the future of data science; and the importance — and difficulty — of data curation. Listen to the podcast.
Stonebraker’s continuous stream of ideas, made into commercial products, is un-matched in the data management world.
Michael Stonebraker has made fundamental contributions to database systems, which are one of the critical applications of computers today and contain much of the world's important data. He is the inventor of many concepts that were crucial to making databases a reality and that are used in almost all modern database systems. - The ACM