Data properties and hardware characteristics are two key aspects for efficient data management. A clear trend in the first aspect, data properties, is the increasing demand to manage and process Big Data, characterized by the fast evolution of “Big Data Systems”, where nearly every aspect of both enterprise and consumer services is being driven by data processing and analysis. Examples of big data systems include NoSQL storage systems, Hadoop/MapReduce, data analytics platforms, search and indexing platforms, and messaging infrastructures. These systems address needs for structured and unstructured data across a wide spectrum of domains such as Web, social networks, enterprise, cloud, mobile, sensor networks, multimedia/streaming, cyber-physical and high performance systems, and for multiple application areas such as healthcare, transportation, and scientific computing.
At the same time, the second aspect, hardware characteristics, is undergoing rapid changes, imposing new challenges for an efficient utilization of hardware resources. Recent trends include storage-class memory, massive multi-core processing systems, very large main memory systems, fast networking components, big computing clusters, and large data centers that consume massive amounts of energy. It is clear that many aspects of data management have to evolve with these trends. Utilizing new hardware technologies for efficient Big Data management is of urgent importance.
However, many essential issues in this area have to be exploited, such as new system architecture, new storage devices and indexes, query processing, energy efficiency and proportionality, and so on. The aim of this half-day workshop is to bring together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others interested in sharing and presenting their perspectives on the effective management of big data over new hardware platforms, and to also discuss and identify future directions and challenges in this area. In addition, a number of invited papers will also be solicited.