Alum and Team Win Prestigious Microsoft Research Award

August 1, 2017

CS&E alum and current researcher with the Database Group at Microsoft Research Redmond, Justin Levandoski (Ph.D. 2011), is part of a research team that won the Outstanding Research Project Award.

Levandoski was joined by project members James Hunter, David Lomet, and Sudipta Sengupta in receiving this award for their project, titled “Deuteronomy: High Performance and Partitionable Data Management.”

Levandoski’s team looked into the architecture of transactional systems in databases, taking an approach that componentizes the systems.  Their approach has led to the ability to “mix and match” technology pieces, which is very well-suited for building next-generation data management systems. Pieces of the teams Deuteronomy system are found within three diverse Microsoft systems: (1) in the Microsoft SQL Server main-memory transaction engine (also named Hekaton), (2) in the Azure CosmosDB cloud-hosted NoSQL store and (3) within Bing ObjectStore, the backend storage service for the Bing search engine.

Levandoski’s current research interests include a broad range of topics working with large-scale data management systems, including main-memory databases, database support for new hardware platforms, document-oriented databases, cloud computing, and social/recommender systems. While with the Department, he was advised by Professor Mohamed Mokbel.

Please join CS&E in extending our congrats to Justin Levandoski on his most recent achievement.

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