The charter of the Database Group at Microsoft Research Redmond is to increase the usefulness of database system technology to users by creating, extending, and applying database technology. To that end, we consult with product groups at Microsoft and take part in exploratory research projects in several data management systems topics. See our current projects list for an overview of our active research areas.

The Database group has a long tradition of building systems as part of our research. Several of our projects have contributed major technical innovations to Microsoft products. Examples include the Hekaton main-memory OLTP engine, SQL Server Apollo column storage, the Trill event processing system, and the FASTER key-value store.

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Selected Professional Activities

We actively participate in the database research community. Current activities include the following Conferences activities, and Editorships and Board Memberships:



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Arvind Arasu


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Badrish Chandramouli

Senior Principal Researcher

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Jonathan Goldstein

Senior Principal Researcher

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Raghav Kaushik

Senior Researcher

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Donald Kossmann

Distinguished Scientist and Director of Redmond Lab

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Yinan Li

Principal Researcher

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Umar Farooq Minhas

Principal Researcher

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Ravi Ramamurthy