Michael Stonebraker

Michael Stonebraker


Michael Stonebraker has been a pioneer of data base research and technology for more than a quarter of a century. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES, and the federated data system, Mariposa. All three prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for twenty five years. He is the founder of three successful Silicon Valley startups, whose objective was to commercialize these prototypes.

Professor Stonebraker is the author of scores of research papers on data base technology, operating systems and the architecture of system software services. He was awarded the prestigious ACM System Software Award in 1992, for his work on INGRES. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual Innovation award by the ACM SIGMOD special interest group in 1994, and has been recognized by Computer Reseller News as one of the top five software developers of the century. Moreover, Forbes magazine named him one of the 8 innovators driving the Silicon Valley wealth explosion during their 80th anniversary edition in 1998. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T.


  • Stan Zdonik, Michael Stonebraker, Mitch Cherniack, Ugur Cetintemal, “Aurora*: A Distributed Stream Processing System”, to be submitted to CIDR 2003.
  • Don Carney, Ugur Cetintemel, Mitch Cherniack, Christian Convey, Sangdon Lee, Michael Stonebraker, Nesime Tatbul, Stan Zdonik, “Monitoring Streams: A New Class of Data Management Applications,” VLDB 2002 (expanded version will appear in the VLDB Journal).
  • Michael Stonebraker, “Too Much Middleware,” SIGMOD Record, March 2001.
  • Chris Olston, Allison Woodruff, Alexander Aiken, Michael Chu, Vuk Ercegovac, Mark Lin, Mybrid Spalding, Michael Stonebraker, “DataSplash,” SIGMOD 1998, p550-552.
  • Allison Woodruff, Michael Stonebraker, “Supporting Fine-grained Data Lineage in a Database Visualization Environment,” ICDE 1997, p91-102.
  • Alexander Aiken, Jolly Chen, Michael Stonebraker, Allison Woodruff, “Tioga-2: A Direct Manipulation Database Visualization Environment,” ICDE 1996, p208-217.
  • Michael Stonebraker, Paul M. Aoki, Witold Litwin, Avi Pfeffer, Adam Sah, Jeff Sidell, Carl Staelin, Andrew Yu, “Mariposa: A Wide-Area Distributed Database System,” VLDB Journal 5(1), p48-63 (1996).
  • Michael Stonebraker, Paul M. Aoki, Robert Devine, Witold Litwin, Michael A. Olson, “Mariposa: A New Architecture for Distributed Data,” ICDE 1994, p54-65.
  • Michael Stonebraker, Jolly Chen, Nobuko Nathan, Caroline Paxson, Jiang Wu, “Tioga: Providing Data Management Support for Scientific Visualization Applications,” VLDB 1993, p25-38.
  • Michael Stonebraker, “The Integration of Rule Systems and Database Systems,” TKDE 4(5), p415-423 (1992).
  • Abraham Silberschatz, Michael Stonebraker, Jeffrey D. Ullman, “Database Systems: Achievements and Opportunities,” CACM 34(10), p110-120 (1991).
  • Michael Stonebraker, Greg Kemnitz, “The Postgres Next Generation Database Management System,” CACM 34(10), p78-92 (1991).
  • Michael Stonebraker, Gerhard A. Schloss, “Distributed RAID - A New Multiple Copy Algorithm,” ICDE 1990, p430-437.
  • Michael Stonebraker, Anant Jhingran, Jeffrey Goh, Spyros Potamianos, “On Rules, Procedures, Caching and Views in Data Base Systems,” SIGMOD 1990, p281-290.
  • Margo I. Seltzer, Michael Stonebraker, “Transaction Support in Read Optimizied and Write Optimized File Systems,” VLDB 1990, p174-185.
  • Michael Stonebraker, Randy H. Katz, David A. Patterson, John K. Ousterhout, “The Design of XPRS,” VLDB 1988, p318-330.
  • Michael Stonebraker, Eric N. Hanson, Chin-Heng Hong, “The Design of the Postgres Rules System,” ICDE 1987, p365-374.
  • Michael Stonebraker, “The Design of the POSTGRES Storage System,” VLDB 1987, p289-300.
  • Lawrence A. Rowe, Michael Stonebraker, “The POSTGRES Data Model,” VLDB 1987, p83-96.
  • Michael Stonebraker, “Inclusion of New Types in Relational Data Base Systems,” ICDE 1986, p262-269.
  • Michael Stonebraker, Lawrence A. Rowe, “The Design of Postgres,” SIGMOD 1986, p340-355.
  • Michael Stonebraker, “Operating System Support for Database Management,” CACM 24(7), p412-418 (1981).
  • Robert S. Epstein, Michael Stonebraker, “Analysis of Distributed Data Base Processing Strategies,” VLDB 1980, p92-101.
  • Michael Stonebraker, “Retrospection on a Database System,” TODS 5(2), p225-240 (1980).
  • Daniel R. Ries, Michael Stonebraker, “Effects of Locking Granularity in a Database Management System,” TODS 2(3), p233-246 (1977).
  • Michael Stonebraker, Eugene Wong, Peter Kreps, Gerald Held, “The Design and Implementation of INGRES,” TODS 1(3), p189-222 (1976).


  • Stonebraker, M. and Hellerstein J., “Readings in Database Systems,” Morgan-Kaufman Publishers, San Francisco, Ca., 1998
  • Stonebraker, M. et. al., “Object-Relational DBMSs: The Next Great Wave,” Morgan-Kaufman Publishers, San Francisco, Ca., 1996.
  • Michael Brodie, Michael Stonebraker “Incremental Migration of Legacy Systems,” Morgan-Kaufman Publishers, San Francisco, Ca., 1995.


  • Association for Computing Machinery: A.M. Turing Award (2014)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: John von Neumann Medal (2005)
  • National Academy of Engineering: Member (1998)
  • Forbes Magazine: One of 8 innovators driving the Silicon Valley wealth explosion (1998)
  • Computer Reseller News: Hall of Fame Member (1998)
  • Association for Computing Machinery: SIGMOD Innovation Award (1992)
  • Association for Computing Machinery: Software System Award (1988)