EDBT/ICDT 2010

I attended those two conferences in Lausanne, 22-26 March 2010. ICDT is a database theory conference while EDBT focuses on practical database topics, with less theory and more papers involving the benchmarking of new algorithms and solutions which at some later stage get incorporated into software products. The conference featured keynotes, regular papers and demos, and several workshops. The most interesting keynotes in my opinion were by Ian Horrocks on scalable semantic systems – those systems are not currently scalable at all, and by Pierre Fraigniaud on the importance of succinct labeling in XML data storage in databases. The demo session featured a B-Fabric demo by Fuat Akal et al., B-Fabric: The Swiss Army Knife for Life Sciences. This was a very comprehensive presentation of the rich set of databases supporting biological data analysis at the FGCZ in Zurich. I also attended some talks on the efficient querying of workflows, data provenance and data integration. New trends in databases include also the use of new architectures. I found a tutorial by the ETH Systems group to be of particular interest – on the use of FPGAs in databases, and a paper on the use of multicores in suffix tree construction. The PhD workshop had an interesting talk on web page archiving (by French Television/Radio) and also a talk on research funding by Moira Norrie of the ETH. Via informal discussions I also learned about some interesting databases and tools which could be used for prototyping in SystemsX.ch work, in particular I liked the BaseX from Konstanz.

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