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  • Huawei Cloud GaussDB, a Better Way to Database
    by Nikos Ntarmos (Director, Huawei)

    Nikos Ntarmos is the Director of the Database Lab at Huawei's Edinburgh Research Centre, where he leads a team of researchers and engineers working on designing and implementing next generation database management systems, for environments ranging from small routers/switches to big-iron servers and the cloud. His research interests lie in the areas of distributed computing and (large-scale) data management systems, with a focus on issues pertaining to storage, indexing and query processing and optimization, in embedded databases, distributed data stores, multi-model databases, geo-distributed data management infrastructures, and joint at-rest/streaming data processing systems. He received his PhD in computer engineering and informatics from the University of Patras in 2008. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM, and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Before joining Huawei, he held academic posts at the University of Glasgow and the University of Ioannina, and research fellow posts at the University of Glasgow and the University of Patras. He has also worked as a research engineer, software engineer, and senior systems administrator, and routinely contributes to open-source projects. He has supervised or co-supervised 7 PhD and over 50 MSc students, was a recipient of the best paper award at the ACM CIKM 2006 conference and the best student paper award at the IEEE Big Data 2018 conference, and has served in the Program Committees of multiple international conferences (including ACM SIGMOD, IEEE ICDE, ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware, WISE, IEEE CCNC, etc.).

  • OceanBase: From OLTP to HTAP
    by Chuanhui Yang (CTO, OceanBase)

    OceanBase is a distributed SQL database built from scratch from 2010 by Ant Group. Initially, it was used by all mission critical systems in Alipay and then extended to more than 1000 external customers outside Alipay. It started as a distributed OLTP database, but more and more customers used it in mixed workload scenarios such as OLAP and NOSQL. This talk will mainly focus on the technical challenges from distributed OLTP to HTAP, such as column storage, resource isolation, complex queries, multi-model in distributed SQL database.

    Chuanhui Yang, also known by his nickname "Rizhao," serves as the Chief Technology Officer for OceanBase, a native distributed database developed by Ant Group. His areas of expertise include large-scale cloud computing systems and distributed databases. In 2010, he joined OceanBase as one of its founding members. He has played a pivotal role in every phase of OceanBase's architecture design and technology development, leading to its successful implementation across Ant Group. Additionally, Yang led the team that twice broke world records in the TPC-C benchmarks. He is the author of "Large-scale Distributed Storage Systems: Theory Analysis and Practical Framework" and contributed to "Analysis of OceanBase Database Source Code." Currently, Yang Chuanhui and his team at OceanBase are dedicated to creating a next-generation enterprise-level distributed database that is more open, flexible, efficient, and user-friendly.

  • Research and Applications of Tencent Database Systems
    by Yuxing Chen, (Senior Engineer, Tencent)

    Yuxing Chen received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Helsinki, Finland, 2021, He currently works as a senior research engineer in the database R&D department at Tencent, China. His research interests focus on database performance and evaluation, transaction processing, and database storage. He has published papers in several prestigious conferences and journals such as SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, and TKDE.

  • Alibaba Cloud ApsarasDB:Towards a Serverless and AI-Driven One-Stop Data Platform
    by Yingqiang Zhang (Senior Staff Engineer, Alibaba Cloud)

    Alibaba Cloud offers one of the most extensive portfolios of cloud database solutions and can provide the necessary solutions to store, process, analyze and manage your data to support and add value to your business. Our database systems support all the mainstream open-source and commercial database solutions, including MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL Server, and Redis. Alibaba Cloud has been named a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud Database Management Systems for the 4th consecutive year.

    Yingqiang Zhang is the Senior Staff Engineer and Director at Alibaba Cloud, leading several R&D teams within the PolarDB department and focusing on the next-generation architecture of cloud-native databases. His teams have designed and implemented critical features for PolarDB, such as strongly consistent reads on followers (presented at VLDB'23) and a serverless model for PolarDB (best industry paper at ICDE'24). Additionally, Zhang and his teams explored distributed shared-memory for cloud-native databases (presented at VLDB'21 and ASPLOS'23), and they have designed and implemented the PolarDB Multi-Primary architecture (to appear in SIGMOD'24). His research spans cloud-native database architectures, distributed systems, and hardware co-design. He has published papers in several top conferences such as SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, and ASPLOS. He also serves for ICDE 2024 and ChinaSys Workshop 2024 as a PC member.

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