Database research

Avi Silberschatz, Mike Stonebraker, Jeff Ullman
1996 SIGMOD record  
Introduction In February of 1990, a group of database researchers met to examine the prospects for future database research e orts. The resulting report Silberschatz et al. 1990 was instrumental in bringing to the public's attention both the signi cance of prior database research and the number of challenging and important problems that lay ahead. We shall not repeat here the major points made in that report concerning the historical development of relational database systems and transaction
more » ... agement. Rather the reader is encouraged to consult either that report or an on-line document Gray 1995 , each of which discusses these and other historical achievements of database research. In May of 1995, a second workshop was convened to consider anew the prospects for database research, and this paper reports on our ndings. 2 The following points summarize the conclusions of this forum. The database research community plays a foundational role in creating the technological infrastructure from which database advancements evolve. Next-generation database applications enabled by the explosion of digitized information over the last ve y ears will require the solution to signi cant new research problems. These problems are grouped in this report into the following broad areas: support for multimedia objects, distribution of information, new database applications, work ow and transaction management, and ease of database management and use. A new research mandate for the database community is provided by the technology developments of the recent past | the explosions in hardware capability, hardware capacity, and communication including the internet or web" and mobile communication. There is a heightened need for governmental and industrial support of basic database research in order to respond to these challenges. In the remainder of this section, we brie y introduce two major themes that weave through this report. First, the demands placed on database systems are drastically changing, thereby requiring new solutions to t the altered landscape. Second, the database research community has a long and successful track record creating new solutions and enabling the technology transfer to put these ideas to practical use. Therefore, it is a wise investment of public research monies to ensure that this research community remains healthy and viable.
doi:10.1145/381854.381886 fatcat:3tqvec4n5rform5vj4aap43aua