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"The award itself is arguably computer science’s highest honor—its Oscar, if you will." - Barb Darrow, Fortune
It’s not every day that someone you know wins a prestigious award – a Nobel, a MacArthur Genius grant, an Oscar. But it does happen.

We’re dedicating this issue of our monthly newsletter to VoltDB co-founder Dr. Michael Stonebraker, winner of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award.

Mike received the award for his “fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems.”

As the creator of relational databases and data management systems including Ingres, PostgreSQL, StreamBase, and Vertica, Mike has done more than work at the theoretical level. Founder of eight database companies, including VoltDB, Mike is an active member of VoltDB’s management team, when he’s not serving as adjunct professor at MIT or working as CTO of his latest company, Tamr.

Read on to learn more about Mike, what he thinks of modern data management practices, and why he created VoltDB.


Stonebraker Says: Traditional RDBMS Wisdom is All Wrong We love doing webinars with Mike.
It’s easy to see why he won the Turing Award – the breakthrough thinking, the intellectual curiosity, the scholar as doer. Hear Mike firsthand in this webinar, first in a three-part series on the evolution of database technology.

Stonebraker Says: Traditional RDBMS Wisdom is All Wrong The first in a series of informative, educational webcasts presented by Michael Stonebraker. When Stonebraker speaks, listeners are guaranteed a frank, honest perspective on what works and what doesn’t. In this session, he takes a critical look at the conventional wisdom behind OLTP RDBMSs — why it’s outdated and renders most major commercial DBMS offerings obsolete — and then presents the case for modern in-memory architecture.

Stonebraker says: Why VoltDB is 100 times faster Why is VoltDB 100 times faster than traditional relational database offerings?
Check out this short video for a quick lesson on what to do – and what not to do – to build a blindingly fast database like VoltDB.

Staring into the Abyss: An Evolution of Concurrency Control with 
One Thousand Cores The works of Michael Stonebraker
Mike has collaborated with many of the database world’s leaders (Sam Madden, Andy Pavlo and others), on a range of technical papers describing the evolution of database technology, including the research paper on H-store, the project which was commercialized with the foundation of VoltDB. Check out two publications that help build a framework for understanding the work behind VoltDB.

Staring into the Abyss: An Evolution of Concurrency Control with One Thousand Cores
H-Store: A High-Performance, Distributed Main Memory Transaction Processing System

Mike’s accomplishments And we’d be remiss if we didn’t point you to a list of Mike’s accomplishments.
A quick scan will show the full extent of his accomplishments – academic, business, and recognition. And of course, there’s a timeline to put it all into perspective.
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