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
Lin Ma Friday 4:00-5:00 GHC 9215
Tianyu Li Tuesday 3:30 - 4:20 5th floor (Citadel Commons)
Gustavo Angulo Monday 4:30-5:30 5th floor (Citadel Commons)
David Gershuni Wednesday 3:00-4:00 5th floor (Citadel Commons)
Ao Zeng Saturday 11:00-12:20 5th floor (Citadel Commons)
Ajay Benno Thursday 1:00-2:00 5th floor (Citadel Commons)
Yangjun Sheng Wednesday 1:30-2:30 5th floor (Citadel Commons)