One Size Fits A Bunch: The ASTERIX Approach to Big Data Management

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 1:35pm


Monday, May 21, 2012
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

HOST: Xifeng Yan

SPEAKER: Michael Carey
Professor, Information and Computer Science Department, UC Irvine

Title: One Size Fits A Bunch: The ASTERIX Approach to Big Data Management


Like most fields, the database field has gone through various eras -
a.k.a. pendulum swings – and we are currently in the era of “One Size
Fits All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone”. This is great news for
industry sectors such as the Bubble Gum industry and the international
consortium of Baling Wire manufacturers, and it is also very good news
for Information Integration enthusiasts. Why? Because the current state
of practice related to “Big Data” involves somehow piecing together many
systems whose target sizes fit different use cases. This talk will
review the state of the “Big Data” field and then describe the ASTERIX
project at UC Irvine, a counter-cultural systems project in which we are
building a new, coherent, open-source “Big Data” software stack that we
hope will solve a range of problems that today require too many piece
parts to solve.


Michael J. Carey is currently a Bren Professor of Information and
Computer Sciences at UC Irvine. Prior to UC Irvine, Carey worked at BEA
Systems in San Jose as the chief architect of (and an engineering
director for) the AquaLogic Data Services Platform team. He also spent a
number of years as a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
at IBM Almaden as a database researcher/manager, and as a Fellow at
e-commerce software startup Propel Software. Carey is an ACM Fellow, a
member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the
ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award. His current research
interests are centered around data-intensive computing and scalable data