Vivek Narasayya (Microsoft Research)


Advances in Self-Tuning Database Systems


Relational database systems play a crucial role in data management for todays enterprises. Performance tuning of databases is still largely a manual and expensive process that requires skilled database administrators (DBAs). This talk describes recent advances in the area of self-tuning database systems that can help DBAs automate some of the challenging performance tuning problems. We attempt to highlight the technical principles underlying these advances, and summarize their impact on todayfs comme rcial database systems.

Short biography

Vivek Narasayya is a Senior Researcher in the Data Management and Exploration Group at Microsoft Research. He has been a founding member of the Autoadmin project, whose goal is to reduce the total cost of ownership of databases by making database systems more self-tuning. In addition to research on AutoAdmin, Vivek played a leading role in shipping the Index Tuning Wizard (in SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 2000) and Database Engine Tuning Advisor (in SQL Server 2005). Vivek received the Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and a PhD from the University of Washington.