VLDB 2015 and Database Research at Google

Posted by Corinna Cortes, Head of Google Research NY and Cong Yu, Research Scientist

This week, Kohala, Hawaii hosts the 41st International Conference of Very Large Databases (VLDB 2015), a premier annual international forum for data management and database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers and users. As a leader in Database research, Google will have a strong presence at VLDB 2015 with many Googlers publishing work, organizing workshops and presenting demos.

The research Google is presenting at VLDB involves the work of Structured Data teams who are building intelligent and efficient systems to discover, annotate and explore structured data from the Web, surfacing them creatively through Google products (such as structured snippets and table search), as well as engineering efforts that create scalable, reliable, fast and general-purpose infrastructure for large-scale data processing (such as F1, Mesa, and Google Cloud’s BigQuery).

If you are attending VLDB 2015, we hope you’ll stop by our booth and chat with our researchers about the projects and opportunities at Google that go into solving interesting problems for billions of people. You can also learn more about our research being presented at VLDB 2015 in the list below (Googlers highlighted in blue).

Google is a Gold Sponsor of VLDB 2015.

Keys for Graphs
Wenfei Fan, Zhe Fan, Chao Tian, Xin Luna Dong

In-Memory Performance for Big Data
Goetz Graefe, Haris Volos, Hideaki Kimura, Harumi Kuno, Joseph Tucek, Mark Lillibridge, Alistair Veitch

The Dataflow Model: A Practical Approach to Balancing Correctness, Latency, and Cost in Massive-Scale, Unbounded, Out-of-Order Data Processing
Tyler Akidau, Robert Bradshaw, Craig Chambers, Slava Chernyak, Rafael Fernández-Moctezuma, Reuven Lax, Sam McVeety, Daniel Mills, Frances Perry, Eric Schmidt, Sam Whittle

Resource Bricolage for Parallel Database Systems
Jiexing Li, Jeffrey Naughton, Rimma Nehme

AsterixDB: A Scalable, Open Source BDMS
Sattam Alsubaiee, Yasser Altowim, Hotham Altwaijry, Alex Behm, Vinayak Borkar, Yingyi Bu, Michael Carey, Inci Cetindil, Madhusudan Cheelangi, Khurram Faraaz, Eugenia Gabrielova, Raman Grover, Zachary Heilbron, Young-Seok Kim, Chen Li, Guangqiang Li, Ji Mahn Ok, Nicola Onose, Pouria Pirzadeh, Vassilis Tsotras, Rares Vernica, Jian Wen, Till Westmann

Knowledge-Based Trust: A Method to Estimate the Trustworthiness of Web Sources
Xin Luna Dong, Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Kevin Murphy, Van Dang, Wilko Horn, Camillo Lugaresi, Shaohua Sun, Wei Zhang

Efficient Evaluation of Object-Centric Exploration Queries for Visualization
You Wu, Boulos Harb, Jun Yang, Cong Yu

Interpretable and Informative Explanations of Outcomes
Kareem El Gebaly, Parag Agrawal, Lukasz Golab, Flip Korn, Divesh Srivastava

Take me to your leader! Online Optimization of Distributed Storage Configurations
Artyom Sharov, Alexander Shraer, Arif Merchant, Murray Stokely

TreeScope: Finding Structural Anomalies In Semi-Structured Data
Shanshan Ying, Flip Korn, Barna Saha, Divesh Srivastava

Workshop on Big-Graphs Online Querying – Big-O(Q) 2015
Workshop co-chair: Cong Yu

3rd International Workshop on In-Memory Data Management and Analytics
Program committee includes: Sandeep Tata

High-Availability at Massive Scale: Building Google’s Data Infrastructure for Ads
Invited talk at BIRTE by: Ashish Gupta, Jeff Shute

KATARA: Reliable Data Cleaning with Knowledge Bases and Crowdsourcing
Xu Chu, John Morcos, Ihab Ilyas, Mourad Ouzzani, Paolo Papotti, Nan Tang, Yin Ye

Error Diagnosis and Data Profiling with Data X-Ray
Xiaolan Wang, Mary Feng, Yue Wang, Xin Luna Dong, Alexandra Meliou

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Preview Dam Toys 1/6th scale SDU (Special Duties Unit) Assault Team Member 12-inch figure

The Special Duties Unit (Abbreviation: SDU; Chinese: 特別任務連, nicknamed Flying Tigers 飛虎隊) is an elite paramilitary tactical unit of the Hong Kong Police Force. Established in July 1974, it is a sub-division of the Police Tactical Unit (PTU). Its primary functions include counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and dealing with crimes (usually involving firearms) which are considered too dangerous for regular police to handle. The unit was formerly trained by the British SAS before the handover of Hong Kong to China.

The Special Duties Unit consists of a support group, administration group and the action group. The action group is the core of the Unit, further categorised into the assault team and the sniper team. Operation Team, which is divided into Team A and Team B, together with the sniper team. Team C is responsible for the training of Special Duties Unit officers.

It’s been a while since a 1:6 scale company / manufacturer decided to produce and release a 12-inch SDU (Special Duties Unit) Assault Team Member. It was many years ago back in 1999 that Dragon Models Limited (DML) released the first 1:6 scale SDU Assault Team Leader 12-inch action figure – reviewed on my toy blog HERE followed by the entire team (see pictures HERE). Hot Toys also released SDU figures back in 2003 – see my action figure review HERE and HERE.

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Dam Toys (Item no.78026) 1/6th scale SDU (Special Duties Unit) Assault Team Member will come with 1/6th scale head sculpt, dam 3.0 action body (with muscle arm), one (1) pair of palms for holding weapon, fist palms, MICH 2000 ballistic helmet, NVG mount, Profile NVG goggles, Supreme pro x headset, Saber III radio, t-shirt, blue jeans, belt, S2V duty boots (black), rigger belt, drop leg magazine pouch, dump pouch, gas mask bag, FM-12 mask, knee pads, climbing harness, carabiner x2, Pirana descender, climbing rope, tango carabiner, rope bag, drop leg holster, G17 pistol, Glock 9mm 17-round magazine x2, Glock 9mm 17+2 round mag, X300 flash light with switch, RMV (releasable modular vest), MFDS(medical firing system) pouch, shotgun shell pouch, upright GP pouch, medium GP pouch, IFAK(individual first aid kit) pouch, Camelbak pouch, weapon catch, crowbar, handcuffs x3, light stick (long) x3, light stick (short) x3, safety scissors, custom LED lamp, G-shock watch, cell phone, cell phone pouch, MP5A3 submachine gun with flashlight handguard, M2 red dot sight, 9mm 30-round mag x3, MP5 dual mag clamp, MP5 sling, M870 shotgun with flashlight handguard, T1 red dot sight, shotgun sling

Related posts:
June 30, 2011 – Hot Toys 12-inch SDU figure all cracked up: Peril of seamless muscle bodies posted HERE
July 1, 2011 – Hot Toys 1/6th scale SDU 12-inch Assaulter Figure Redo (pictures HERE)
October 29, 2012 – 1/6th scale S.W.A.T. 12-inch Action Figures: We really need more of them to form a bigger team! posted on my toy blog HERE

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Non perdiamo il treno (anzi la bici) …

Il 30 settembre si aprirà la "procedura di interesse pubblico" per creare nuove piste ciclabili.

Potranno presentare i progetti anche gli Enti gestori dei Parchi Regionali e i Comuni appartenenti alla Città metropolitana di Milano. Quindi anche i Comuni di Turbigo, Castano Primo, Buscate, Robecchetto con Induno e Nosate. Il progetto deve essere "associato" tra diversi Comuni.

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World Shaking Deal

There’s no question that the deal between Oldcastle Building Envelope and CR Laurence rocked the glass and glazing industry to the core.  In one form or fashion anyone who is involved or associated with the industry has dealt with one or both of the entities involved.   So a teaming up surely will grab people’s attention.  On the morning of the announcement, I spent a ton of time being in contact with many in the industry as we all tried to compute what happened.  First of all, no one saw this coming.  I can tell you, I hear some of the most outlandish, crazy rumors all the time.  If you can dream the “so and so is selling to so and so” rumor I have heard it… and yet never in any form did this one come up.  That’s how far out it seemed to be.  The next reaction and to me is the most important.  I have been adamant and public with my appreciation and respect for the way CR Laurence promotes and supports the industry at large.  They are tremendous in that aspect, and my initial fear was that would go away.  However I was relieved when I saw comments from CRL President Lloyd Talbert noting that the CRL approach to the industry will continue.  That is good news.  Obviously from a “deal” standpoint many are expecting major maneuvers and restructuring, but if anything like that is to happen I believe it’s a long way off.  This deal was too big and too valuable to try and do anything but let it run the way it has.  I may be wrong there but that’s the way I see it out of the gate.  In any case GlassBuild America now just got even more interesting…. as the CRL booth was ALWAYS packed, and now I expect it to be even more of an action center with people from all walks of life coming in to catch up, congratulate, and get a feel for the climate.  Congrats to Don Friese and his family, along with Lloyd and the rest of the CRL team on an incredible, historic run and mind-blowing deal.


Last week had some moments of volatility thanks to the markets and some folks were questioning the health of our economy going forward.  Once again I am not one of them and I offer a few pieces of evidence.  One is the above deal and comments made surrounding it.  One of the quotes I saw from Oldcastle BE’s parent was that they felt this was a solid deal because the US construction economy is at the start of a positive cycle.  Year 2 of a 10 year riser.  That’s something to respect when deals of this magnitude take place.  They probably get their confidence from headlines and data like “Housing Demand Expected to Surge over Next 10 Years” and “Construction Spending Rising at Fastest Rate since 2004-05.”  Add to it the run of construction starts- which is epic right now and those starts do not typically effect our industry on the non-residential side for 16-28 months, and you have again more positivity to hang your hat on.  Obviously things can change and change quickly, but the foundation is there and it is solid.

So going to something lighter… major pet peeve of mine and I wonder if I am alone… when I go to a website and immediately a pop ad attacks your screen. These are the 10-second ads, that come mid-screen and you are stuck with them.  No clicking off and no relief until the whole thing goes.   And it’s a growing trend in the online ad world.  I know I am old and crotchety at this point, but man I can’t stand those things. 

By the way a quick note on GlassBuild America.  I am hearing amazing things about the keynote breakfast by Cam Marston.  His talk on “Attracting and Retaining a New Generation of Employees” should be something every single business owner, big and small, should want to be at.  Plus I checked out some old speeches of his on YouTube and the guy is dynamic and interesting.  Excited to see him and so should all of you.

Last this week… College Football gets going big time Thursday and beyond.  Ever since Roger Goodell started to systematically ruin the NFL, I have become a bigger fan of the college game.  And I think my nephew Josh and his alma mater Ohio State is primed for a repeat run to the title.  My darkhorse to win it all?  Arizona State.   Apologies in advance to both fan bases for my jinx on them….


I am not a beer drinker but I do love Pop-Tarts… so maybe a Pop-Tart flavored beer will work for me?

I love comparison-shopping pieces like this- and I now need to look into this “Jet” to see if it’s a viable competitor to Amazon.

If we can convert all of what we waste into something good- the world would be a better place.  This article talks about reuse of wasted heat. 


GREAT middle school football play… QB looked like a classic Randall Cunningham from way back in the day.

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August 2015 Haul #2: Hot Toys 1/6 Commando, Batman, Catwoman, Ultraman and Firefighter

August is almost coming to an end but not before I post my second haul of toys / action figures I managed to grab hold of before the month ends :) This simply translates to more fun stuff to post and more action figures to review on my toy blog. Among the stuff I got are: Hot Toys MMS276 1/6th scale John Matrix Collectible Figure from the 1985 American action thriller movie Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (preview pictures posted HERE), DC Collectibles Batman action figure from The New Batman Adventures animated series, Bandai Ultra-Act X S.H.Figuarts Ultraman action figure and the Playmobil 5367 City Action Special Forces Firefighter figure.

Commando was a box office success grossing over $57.5 million against a $10 million budget. The film debuted at number one on October 6, 1985 in the United States and spent three consecutive weeks at the top position. The original concept was for an Israeli special forces–Mossad agent who, sick of the continual death and destruction in the Middle East, emigrates from Israel to the United States, where he is forced out of his self-imposed retirement after his daughter is kidnapped. This was modified and further adapted when Schwarzenegger was cast; some of the original dialogue can be heard in the deleted scenes when Matrix says he regrets his past actions. Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays Col. John Matrix, a retired Delta Force operator who returns to battle to rescue his daughter who has been kidnapped.

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This is the DC Collectibles Batman action figure from The New Batman Adventures animated series. These are larger size figures following the designs of Bruce Timm who first created the Batman: The Animated Series which ran from 1992 till 1995 and was followed by The New Batman Adventures which aired in 1997 till 1999. The animated TV series were a huge success and it certainly got me hooked from the very first episode. So when the toys were released, I started collecting and that was back in 1994. My very first post on this toy blog on July 18, 2007 was about the Batman Animated action figures – you can check out the post HERE. I even considered calling this toy blog THE BATCAVE but decided to go with TOY HAVEN instead because I didn’t just collect Batman action figures.
It seems someone at DC thinks like I do because they released Batman from The New Batman Adventures animated series but chose to release Catwoman from the original Batman: The Animated Series. The Catwoman in The New Batman Adventures animated series was too stylized for my liking and I much prefer this DC Collectibles Catwoman action figure from Batman: The Animated Series as she looks sexier and is more in line with the comic book character.

Ultraman is Japan’s quintessential sci-fi superhero and has enjoyed massive popularity around the world for more than 40 years. In 2011, a manga adaptation simply titled ULTRAMAN began serialization in Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero’s magazine. With an exciting original story that expands the premise of the original 1960s TV show, ULTRAMAN is wonderfully updated for a whole new generation of fans.

ULTRA-ACT x S.H.Figuarts ULTRAMAN combines the superior articulation technology of S.H.Figuarts and the exceptional sculpt detail of ULTRA-ACT in 6-inch size. Three interchangeable wrist accessories allow you to pose Ultraman in his most powerful poses. Set also includes 2 interchangeable hands, Specium Ray effect and attachment pieces, and interchangeable chest piece.
Brave the most intense blazes with the Playmobil 5367 City Action Special Forces Firefighter figure. Set includes one figure with special fire-fighting suit, flames, water tank, and other accessories.

Do check back for more pictures and the action figure reviews

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