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 are used to illustrate these techniques and trade-offs. The course is appropriate for students that are prepared to flex their 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 11:00-12:00pm ET Zoom

Teaching Assistants

Name Office Hours Location
Kunal Jobanputra Thursday 10:00-11:00am ET Zoom
Arvind Sai Krishnan Friday 10:00-11:00am ET Zoom
Rohan Aggarwal Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm ET Zoom
Yuhong Zhang Wednesday 10:30-11:30am ET Zoom
Ricky Xu Saturday 9:00-10:00am ET Zoom
Gautam Jain Thursday 5:00-6:00pm ET Zoom
Elena Cai Friday 8:00-9:00pm ET Zoom
Preetansh Goyal Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm ET Zoom
Wuwen Wang Thursday 8:00-9:00pm ET Zoom
Ian Romines Tuesday 10:00-11:00am ET Zoom
Ricky Zhou Monday 8:00-9:00pm ET Zoom