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Some of my colleagues and I have a pretty nifty idea that we’ve submitted to SIGMOD 2009.  But I’m not gonna tell you what it is.  Because my friends at SIGMOD won’t let me.

Blogs democratize publication and reduce delays and friction in scientific dialog. Right?  A small step toward Open Notebook Science.  Too bad SIGMOD has moved in the opposite direction with double blind reviewing, bottling up ideas for months at a time. Actually,  they’d really prefer I didn’t tell you about other ideas I’m playing with that I might submit next year.  Then you might guess who I am!  As if my work didn’t give me away.

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chum in the waterOne more post on MapReduce and parallel SQL, this time for the folks at O’Reilly Radar.  

Just for the record, I think MapReduce is fine, but not especially interesting technology.  The thing is, the “teachable moment” it presents is really great stuff, because it is bringing people toward data-centric parallel programming.  So it’s good for the data-centric research business in general, and especially for data-centric approaches to parallelism.  

I.e. chum in the water for our research on Lincoln…

here … and it smells like the Internet out there in the comment thread.  Go figure.