Database Reading Group

The Database Reading Group is a Datalab-sponsored entity that exists to discuss papers related (broadly speaking) to database technology. We meet on a weekly basis, Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. The standard meeting place is room 130 in PSU's Fourth Avenue Building. The group welcomes anyone, inside or outside of PSU, with an interest in the subject matter. Designated group members will lead the discussion each week.

DIRECTIONS: From the building's main entrance on Fourth Ave., follow the hallway at the northeast (far left) corner of the large lobby until it ends with a set of glass doors on your right. Enter these doors into a study area. A neon sign announcing the Department of Computer Science will be in front of you. Room 130 is the second glass door on the left from the main office door. It does not require badge access and should be open.

We occasionally need to move to a different location; if we know in advance, it will be listed below.

Reading group announcements are sent to the group mailing list at To (un)subscribe to this list, use the mailman web interface.

Scheduled papers (with Web links where possible) and discussion leaders are listed below. You can also see a list of papers previously discussed.


Friday, 12 February 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Orleans: Distributed Virtual Actors for Programmability and Scalability


Author(s): Philip A. Bernstein, Sergey Bykov, Alan Geller, Gabriel Kliot, and Jorgen Thelin

Discussion Leader: David Maier

Friday, 19 February 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Personalized Search on the World Wide Web

Springer, the adaptive web

Author(s): Alessandro Micarelli, Fabio Gasparetti, Filippo Sciarrone, and Susan Gauch

Discussion Leader: Hisham Benotman

Friday, 26 February 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The Dataflow Model: A Practical Approach to Balancing Correctness, Latency, and Cost in Massive-Scale, Unbounded, Out-of-Order Data Processing

VLDB 2015

Author(s): Tyler Akidau, Robert Bradshaw, Craig Chambers, Slava Chernyak, Rafael J. Fernandez-Moctezuma, Reuven Lax, Sam McVeety, Daniel Mills, Frances Perry, Eric Schmidt, Sam Whittle

Discussion Leader: David Maier

Friday, 04 March 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Querying and Managing Provenance through User Views in Scientific Workflows

Data Engineering, 2008.

Author(s): Biton, O. Cohen-Boulakia, S. ; Davidson, S.B. ; Hara, C.S.

Discussion Leader: Abdussalam Alawini

Friday, 11 March 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Provenance in Orchestra

Data Engineering, 2010

Author(s): Green Karvounarakis, Ives and Tannen.

Discussion Leader: Abdussalam Alawini