Configuration and Tuning for Virtualized Databases

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 2:37pm

Ashraf Aboulnaga
Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada

DATE: WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2008
TIME: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

Virtual machine technologies are increasingly being used by different enterprises to improve the manageability of their IT infrastructure and lower their total cost of ownership. This means that database systems will increasingly be run in virtual machine environments, which provides several benefits but also poses new challenges for database configuration and tuning. In this talk, I will address one of the challenges that arises when using virtual machines to consolidate multiple database systems on one physical server, namely how to configure the different virtual machines for optimal performance. I will also discuss issues that arise when providing the benefits of virtualization from inside the database system, without relying on virtual machine technologies.

Ashraf Aboulnaga is an Assistant Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His research interests are in the area of database management, with a current focus on self-managing database systems, database systems in virtualized environments, XML databases, and data management on the web. Ashraf obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2002. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he was a Research Staff Member in the Data Management Department at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, from 2002 to 2004.