Summary: Report on the Fourth International
Workshop on Self-Managing Database Systems
Ashraf Aboulnaga and Kenneth Salem
University of Waterloo
The Fourth International Workshop on Self-Managing Database Systems took place on March 29th, 2009 in
Shanghai, China, on the day before ICDE. The SMDB workshops bring together researchers and practitioners
interested in making data management systems easier to deploy and operate effectively. Topics of interest range
from "traditional" management issues, such as database physical design, system tuning, and resource allocation
to more recent challenges around scalable and highly-available data services in cloud computing environments.
The SMDB Workshops are sponsored by the IEEE TCDE Workgroup on Self-Managing Database Systems.
The SMDB 2009 program began with a keynote presentation by James Hamilton, Vice President and Dis-
tinguished Engineer with Amazon Web Services. This was followed by five technical papers, presented in two
sessions. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion on "grand challenges" in database self-management.
More information about the workshop program, including links to papers and presentation slides, can be found
at the SMDB 2009 web site, at http://db.uwaterloo.ca/tcde-smdb/smdb09.
James Hamilton is a Vice President and Distinguished Engineer with Amazon Web Services. His background