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December 2008


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Technical Perspective: One Size Fits All: An Idea Whose Time has Come and Gone

Beginning in the early to mid-1980s the relational model of data has dominated the DBMS landscape. Moreover, descendents of the early relational prototypes have become…


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Technical Perspective: Patching Program Errors

C programmers are are all too familiar with out-of-bounds memory errors. The paper here presents an intriguing technique for automatically isolating and correcting these errors…


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Breaking the Memory Wall in MonetDB

Breaking the Memory Wall in MonetDB

In this paper, we report how research around the MonetDB database system has led to a redesign of database architecture in order to take advantage of modern hardware, and in particular to avoid hitting the memory wall. 


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Exterminator: Automatically Correcting Memory Errors with High Probability

Exterminator: Automatically Correcting Memory Errors with High Probability

Programs written in C and C++ are susceptible to memory errors, including buffer overflows and dangling pointers. We present Exterminator, a system that automatically corrects heap-based memory errors without programmer intervention…