Summer 2022 - CMPT 459 D100

Special Topics in Database Systems (3)

Modern Data Systems

Class Number: 4816

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 354 with a minimum grade of C-.



Current topics in database and information systems depending on faculty and student interest.


This is a seminar-style special topics course (cross-listed with CMPT 984) on the recent advances in the design and implementation of database systems. Specifically we focus on the impact of the changing hardware and programming languages on database management systems and related software primitives. Topics include database architecture and techniques in the context of manycore/multicore processors, persistent memory, flash memory, high-speed, low-latency networks (e.g., RDMA), programmable networks and hardware accelerators (e.g, FPGAs), as well as new programming language features (e.g., coroutines). Please note this offering is different from previous CMPT 459 offerings on data mining.


  • Database systems
  • Persistent memory
  • Storage systems
  • Transaction processing
  • Data analytics systems



To be discussed in the first week of class.

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