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David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

CS 848 - Winter 2006

Advanced Topics in Data Bases: Self-managing Database Systems

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Your Host

Ashraf Aboulnaga
Office: DC 3349
Phone: (519) 888-4567 x7522
Office hours: By appointment

Course Information

Lectures: Wednesdays 2:00pm - 4:50pm in room DC 3314 (4 January, 2006 to 29 March, 2005)
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Course Description

One of the challenges facing the database research community today is reducing the cost and effort required for database administration and tuning by making database systems more self-managing. This course will cover recent advances in the area of self-managing database systems. We will discuss several recent papers in this area, and we will explore the self-management capabilities of current commercial database systems. A significant component of this course will be a term-long project conducted in groups of two or three. The specific topics we will cover include:


Strong background in database systems at the level of CS 448/648 or equivalent. Strong background in operating systems, networks, UNIX, and C/C++ or Java.

Workload and Evaluation

I will give two introductory lectures, then we will read three papers every week. You are expected to read the papers before class. Every student will review one paper per week, and will be responsible for presenting two or three papers in class over the course of the term. There will be a term-long project conducted in groups of two or three. There will be no assignments or exams. Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:


If you would like to audit the course (or sit in on the lectures), you are welcome to do so, but I will expect you to read the papers and I will ask you to present one paper during the term.

Text Book

There is no text book required for this course. However, a list of text books and references that you may find useful can be found here.