Christopher Olston: 2010 InfoLab Workshop


Thursday, April 29, 2010
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Cloud Panel #1: Transactions"


The world is suddenly giddy about big data. Researchers and practitioners from many disciplines are turning their attention to this topic, leading to a crop of new "cloud" data management models and systems (e.g. Google's Map-Reduce and Amazon's Dynamo). Driven by new applications, users and scalability needs, these systems take a fresh look at nearly all aspects of data-intensive systems from data models to consistency semantics to query scheduling.

This pair of panels brings together researchers close to this activity to discuss trends and challenges. One panel focuses on analytical workloads, while the other focuses on transactional workloads.


Christopher Olston is a senior research scientist at Yahoo! Research. He studies data management, focusing especially on web data management challenges. Olston is occasionally seen behaving as a professor, and has taught undergrad and grad courses at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from Stanford under fellowships from the university and the National Science Foundation. His Bachelor's degree is from Berkeley with highest honors. Olston is an avid Cal fan but likes to rollerblade at Stanford.