Course Information

This course is on the design and implementation of database management systems. Topics include data models (relational, document, key/value), storage models (n-ary, decomposition), query languages (SQL, stored procedures), storage architectures (heaps, log-structured), indexing (order preserving trees, hash tables), transaction processing (ACID, concurrency control), recovery (logging, checkpoints), query processing (joins, sorting, aggregation, optimization), and parallel architectures (multi-core, distributed). Case studies on open-source and commercial database systems will be used to illustrate these techniques and trade-offs. The course is appropriate for students with strong systems programming skills.


Special thanks to the following companies for equipment donations and/or support for course development.


Name Office Hours Location
Andy Pavlo Monday 1:30-2:30 GHC 9019

Teaching Assistants

Name Office Hours Location
Joy Arulraj Friday 1:30-2:30 GHC 9022
Leon Li Sunday 4:00-5:00 Citadel Commons (GHC 5th Floor)
Mengran Wang Thursday 5:00-6:00 Citadel Commons (GHC 5th Floor)
Allison Wang Saturday 4:00-5:00 Citadel Commons (GHC 5th Floor)
Prashasthi Prabhakar Tuesday 1:15-2:15 Citadel Commons (GHC 5th Floor)
Christopher "Inf" Wallace TBA TBA
Sivaprasad Sudhir Monday 10:30-11:30 Citadel Commons (GHC 5th Floor)