Data Management Systems (including Relational Databases, Non-Relational Databases, and NoSQL storage systems) form the basis of the Big Data Economy we now live in. A data management system is responsible for storing data, enabling efficient access to that data, as well as mediating concurrent modifications. This class approaches the challenges of designing a data management system from a standpoint that is both principled and practical. The course revolves around a term-long programming assignment, in which you will build a system that answers SQL queries efficiently. Course lectures will focus on the conceptual basis for this system, and will discuss how the techniques you learn generalize (e.g., to the use of NoSQL systems)
In this course, you will learn...
... how to efficiently store and retrieve data programatically.
... how to optimize big-data computations.
... how to use index structures to accelerate computations.
... how to safely and efficiently manipulate data concurrently.
... how to recover state after software and hardware failures.
... how to query and update distributed data consistently.
Time permitting, other subjects will also be covered.
Students may discuss and advise one another on their lab projects, but groups are expected to turn in their own work. Discussing concepts is permitted. Referencing another group's code is not. Cheating on any course deliverable will result in an automatic grade of F in the course. The University's policy on academic integrity can be reviewed at:
Accommodations for medical emergencies will be made on a case-by-case basis. Requests for extensions based on medical emergencies must be accompanied by documentation of the emergency from student health services:
If you have a diagnosed disability (physical, learning, or psychological) that will make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as outlined, or that requires accommodations such as recruiting note-takers, readers, or extended time on exams or assignments, please advise the instructor during the first two weeks of the course so that we may review possible arrangements for reasonable accommodations. In addition, if you have not yet done so, contact: