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Vertica Systems Sponsors the First Annual Special Interest Group on Management of Data Programming Contest

Originally published March 3, 2009

Vertica Systems recently announced that it is sponsoring the first annual Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) programming contest. Students at a degree–granting institution have until March 15, 2009, to submit a prototype for consideration as a finalist to participate in a bake–off at this year’s Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) SIGMOD conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Vertica, in conjunction with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and additional funding from Microsoft Corp., is sponsoring the contest to generate better ideas in transactional indexing systems for main memory data.

As a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers and users, this year’s ACM SIGMOD will be held June 29, 2009 to July 2, 2009, at the Westin Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to providing support for the development of the software to run the contest, funds from NSF, Vertica and Microsoft will be used to cover travel costs for
students from each team of finalists to attend the conference and the finalist bake–off. In addition, Vertica and Microsoft have contributed funds to award the winning team a $5,000 prize.

“From daily business to advanced scientific inquiry, efficient management of data sets is increasingly important to our lives,” said Samuel Madden, Associate Professor at MIT, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. “We’re hoping this contest will spur interest in next–generation DBMSs and produce technology innovation in transactional storage systems.”

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