XLDB-2016 videos (finally) posted

We finally posted videos from the XLDB-2016 conference, see XLDB-2016 Program, or the XLDB-2016 YouTube playlist. Better late than never 🙂

Jacek

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XLDB-2016

Dear All,

The preparations for XLDB-2016 are well under way. In a nutshell, we have set up the usual website, formed the organizing committee, and come up with a draft program for a 3-day conference (no invitational workshop). We are working with government representatives to engage their Big Data experts. We are now opening the call for lightning talks, looking for sponsors, and asking for help with reaching out to new communities. For further details, read below and check the website at xldb.org/2016.

I formed the Organizing Committee. The committee has been actively working on the conference program since mid October. The topics we are planning to cover are aligned with suggestions we heard last year:

  • real-time analytics
  • decoupling compute from storage
  • big data management and analytics as a cloud service
  • security in big data systems
  • long term storage
  • late schema bindings.

The draft program can be found at Program.

We are expecting increased attendance / participation from the US Government. To allow enough time for all the above topics and to accommodate some speakers from the government, we decided to switch from a previously planned “2-day conference + 1-day workshop” to “3-day conference & no workshop”. As such, we will start in the morning on Tuesday May 24 and finish after lunch on Thursday May 26. The afternoon on Thursday is reserved for brainstorming in a smaller group about the next XLDB.

We are also accepting abstracts for lightning talks and/or posters. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 7.

We expect to open registration in mid January.

As always, we can’t organize the event without sponsors. If your company can help us offset the costs of the event, please contact me.

Further details including the draft program, links to abstract submission form, organizing committee, and information for sponsors can be found at xldb.org/2016.

We are always looking to engage new communities we haven’t talked to before, so we’d appreciate your passing along the information about XLDB-2016 to these you know who are unaware of our conference and would benefit from attending.

The list of speakers is not final, so if you happen to know any speakers that you believe would be a good fit for the topics we plan to cover, please bring them to our attention.

Best regards,
Jacek
XLDB-2016 Organizing Committee Chair

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XLDB-2015 Workshop Report

All,

We just released a short summary of the XLDB-2015 Workshop. The link is available through the xldb.org/events page.

Direct link: XLDB-2015 Workshop Report.

Jacek & K-T

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Best Lightning Talks Selected

“Sketchy Approximations” and “Apache Calcite” won the Best XLDB-2015 Lightning Talks contents. Congratulations to Eric Tschetter and Julian Hyde! Each of them is getting a 30 minute keynote speaking slot at the XLDB-2016, so you will hear them speaking soon!

Jacek

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XLDB-2015, discussion group

All,

We just finished XLDB-2015. We has a superb line up of speakers. Both the conference and the workshop went *very* well. Slides from the conference have been posted on the web  (http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/ProgramC.asp), and the videos will be posted in ~1 month. Instead of writing a long report from the workshop (for many months), we are planning to post a short write up in the next few days.

Regarding the next event, I’d like to move much faster with organizing it than we did in the past. Also, I will be engaging the XLDB community more in organizing it. We are taking several steps to realize that:

  1.  we created a google group for discussing things. This is an opt-in list, and we expect moderate traffic (definitely higher than on this list). If you would like to be engaged in XLDB activities including but not limited to organizing XLDB-2016, make sure you join the group ASAP. To subscribe, follow: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/xldb-discuss. For these who like email, once you sign up, you can use emails to interact with the list.
  2. We already identified a list of solid topics for the next event.  We will be refining it through the group discussion over the next couple of weeks.
  3. We are in the process of finalizing dates, location, and website. The next main conference will be in Silicon Valley (most likely at SLAC in our new auditorium) in May of 2016. If anyone can think of any issues with May 24-26, let me know in the next few days. I’d like to finalize dates no later than the end of May.
  4. I appointed Jeremy Cole to be our PR person. He will be helping us spread the word about XLDB and reach out to communities that might want to get involved in XLDB.

    Best regards,
    Jacek

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Stephen Wolfram speaking at XLDB-2015

Stephen Wolfram accepted our invitation and will be giving a keynote at XLDB-2015 in May at Stanford.

If you haven’t registered, it is still not too late! http://xldb.org/2015

Jacek

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XLDB-2015 registration open, draft agenda published

Dear All,

We have opened the XLDB-2015 conference registration. To take advantage of our early registration rate ($250) make sure you register before March 31.

In response to your requests, we are introducing a special student rate ($150). If you know any students genuinely interested in extreme-scale data management and analytics, pass the information on to them!

A draft of the conference agenda is available. We are still in process of finalizing the keynote speakers, but the session descriptions should give you a good idea of what topics we plan to cover. We are lining up keynote speakers and panelists of the same high caliber that XLDB is known for, so if you liked our past events, you will not want to miss this one.

Regarding the invitational workshop, we have now selected the topics to discuss. We will be sending out workshop invitations in the next few hours/days. If you don’t receive one, but you’re interested in attending and contributing to the discussions, don’t hesitate to contact us at xldb-admin at slac.stanford.edu.

We are still looking for a few more sponsors. The support from sponsors is essential every year.  If your company can help, let me know.

As always, all the relevant information including links to registration, conference program, hotels, workshop topics, and the social event (which is fully included in the conference registration this year) can be found on the event website at http://xldb.org/2015

A quick reminder: February 28 is the deadline for submitting lightning talk and/or poster abstracts.

Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in attending XLDB-2015.

Best regards,
Jacek
XLDB-2015 Organizing Committee Chair

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SLAC XLDB/LSST Group is Expanding

Dear All,

I know many of you don’t have time to read long posts, so I’ll get to the point right away:

  1. Our group is hiring, and it is essential we find the best candidates; the better people we find the more resources and expertise we will have to devote to XLDB. So… if you care about XLDB, please help us find the right candidates. We’re looking for people who’d like to work on cutting-edge, ~100 petabytes data management system for state-of-the-art science. Job description can be found at: http://ls.st/0bv
  2. In addition, we would like to further expand our SLAC team and bring a part-time person dedicated to helping us with XLDB-related activities, and we already identified a promising candidate. Long-term, we’re hoping to support this position using funds from sponsors supporting our future conferences and related activities. That means we need to find enough sponsors (or a few generous-enough sponsors) willing to provide sufficient funds to make this all work. In practice, if we manage to raise ~$100K annually, this should work!

We’ve been quiet lately, but as you can see, we are getting ready to (a) construct the LSST database, and (b) organize the next XLDB event (in spring of 2015). We had a VERY successful XLDB-Healthcare workshop few weeks ago, and are excited to connect with the South America community in Rio as soon as next week!

As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Please forward this to whoever might be interested.

Best regards,
Jacek

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XLDB-healthcare workshop

Dear All,

We are organizing a joint XLDB-Stony Brook workshop focused on exploring the applicability of XLDB technologies to healthcare, with an ambitious goal to “re-engineer” healthcare data management and analytics. In the tradition of past XLDB events, we are bringing together experts from multiple communities, including current XLDB users and XLDB technologists like you who are already part of the greater XLDB community, and healthcare domain experts who are eager to join. We expect to explore commonalities, share lessons learned, and ultimately, steer the healthcare community towards adapting our common Big Data practices and solutions.

The benefits for healthcare are obvious, but you may wonder “what is there for us?”. If we succeed, we will end up with a larger user base, which will translate to more resources (more funds to support “our” software, more people testing and improving it), ultimately strengthening solutions we use, reducing fragmentation of the Big Data analytics market, and growing the pool of available Big Data experts.

We have already managed to lined up several superb representatives from our community, and have been introduced to some relevant people. We still have space for a few more, so if you believe you could contribute, or if you know someone who would fit well into this event, please contact us through xldb-admin@slac.stanford.edu.

The event website: http://www.cs.stonybrook.edu/~xldb/

The event is organized right before the NSF semi-annual IUCRC (Industry University Cooperative Research Center) CDDA (Center for Dynamic Data Analytics) workshop,
which will allow for additional cross-pollination.

Best regards,
Jacek, on behalf of the XLDB-Healthcare Organizing Committee

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XLDB workshop in Rio de Janeiro

All,

As announced at XLDB-2013 last September, we are organizing a satellite XLDB workshop in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, June 3-4.

The meeting will focus primarily on topics related to scientific and industrial Big Data Management and Analytics from the perspective of South American communities, with goals to identify commonalities, potential longer term collaboration opportunities, and to better integrate South American communities into our ongoing XLDB efforts.

The event website: http://xldb-rio2014.linea.gov.br/

The organizing committee led by Luiz da Costa has been working on logistics and reaching out to the local communities in South America for some time, and we are now starting to assemble the list of invitees.

If you are interested in attending the Rio workshop, please contact us through the contact us form. (Space is limited so don’t delay!) It is a great opportunity to make connections, gather ideas from new communities, and share experiences (and visit Brazil!), so I am sure we will easily put together a strong group.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Jacek (on behalf of the XLDB-South America Organizing Committee)

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