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Dr. Michael Stonebraker:

Co-founder and Advisor

Dr. Michael Stonebraker, winner of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award, co-founded VoltDB in 2009. A pioneer of database research and technology for more than 40 years, Stonebraker has founded nine start-ups to commercialize database technologies, including big data analytics pioneer Vertica (acquired by HP), the Aurora Borealis stream processing engine (commercialized as StreamBase, acquired by Tibco), the H-Store transaction-processing engine (commercialized as VoltDB), Paradigm4, and Tamr.


Since 2001, Stonebraker has been adjunct professor at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL). He is also co-founder and co-director of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, which is based at MIT CSAIL. His current interests include science-oriented DBMSs and search engines for accessing the deep web.


Prior to MIT, Dr. Stonebraker was professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the main architect of the Ingres relational DBMS, the object-relational DBMS PostgreSQL, and the federated data system, Mariposa.


In addition to his academic appointments, Stonebraker served as founder and Chief Technology officer of Ingres Corporation (1980-1992); founder and Chief Technology Officer of Illustra Corporation (1992-1996; acquired by Informix in 1996); Chief Technology Officer of Informix Corporation (1996-2000); founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cohera Corporation (1997-2001; acquired by PeopleSoft in 2001); Chief Technology Officer of Required Technology, Inc. (2001- 2002); founder and Chief Technology Officer of Streambase, Inc. (2003; acquired by Tibco in 2013), and founder and Chief Technology Officer of Vertica Systems, Inc. (2005; acquired by HP in 2011).


Dr. Stonebraker is the author of scores of research papers on database technology, operating systems, and the architecture of system software services. He was awarded the ACM System Software Award in 1992 for his work on Ingres. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual Innovation award by the ACM SIGMOD special interest group in 1994, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. He was awarded the IEEE John Von Neumann award in 2005. Most recently, Dr. Stonebraker received the 2014 A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing,” for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems.


Stonebraker has been a vocal critic of the limitations of most major commercial DBMS offerings and an advocate of modern in-memory architectures such as VoltDB. In the “Stonebraker Says” webinar series, Dr. Stonebraker explains why optimizing fast data is the modern OLTP problem, and describes how an in-memory OLTP solution can extract the most value out of data with extensions to main memory, support for streaming, and larger-than-memory applications.


Dr. Stonebraker holds a B.S.E.E. from Princeton University and a PhD in Computer Information and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan.