Michael Stonebraker (MIT)
This Turing Award talk intermixes a bicycle ride across America during the summer of 1988 with the design, construction and commercialization of Postgres during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Striking parallels are observed, leading to a discussion of what it takes to build a new DBMS. Also indicated are the roles that perseverance and serendipity played in both endeavors.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of computer science at UC Berkeley and the university’s sesquicentennial, EECS and the Simons Institute are launching a special series of lectures by winners of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, considered the field’s equivalent of a Nobel Prize. In addition to their technical talk, the lecturers will reflect on their time at UC Berkeley and look toward the future of research and technological development in their fields.
Light refreshments will be served before the lecture at 3:30 p.m.