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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.


Colin Powell

MonetDB has been used as a basis for database research at CWI since 1993. A significant number of people have contributed in terms of both useful code and user experiences. Their science results are readily available through Google scholar or the CWI repository. The small selection of key publications below provides a good starting point for getting acquainted with the design considerations and these experiences. The bibtex record is provided for ease of referencing our work in your scientific papers.

Breaking the memory wall in MonetDB

Peter A. Boncz, Martin L. Kersten, Stefan Manegold


Commun. ACM 51(12): 77-85 (2008)


Two decades of research in column-oriented database architectures

Stratos Idreos, Fabian Groffen, Niels Nes, Stefan Manegold, K. Sjoerd Mullender, Martin L. Kersten

IEEE Data Eng. Bull. 35(1): 40-45 (2012)


Benchmarking and improving point cloud data management in MonetDB 

Oscar Martinez-Rubi, Peter van Oosterom, Romulo Goncalves, Theo Tijssen, 

Milena Ivanova, Martin L. 

Kersten, Foteini Alvanaki


SIGSPATIAL Special 6(2): 11-18 (2014)


Database architecture evolution: mammals flourished long before dinosaurs became extinct

Peter A. Boncz, Stefan 

Manegold, Martin L. Kersten

PVLDB 2(2): 1648-1653 (2009) 


An architecture for recycling intermediates in a column-store

Milena Ivanova, Martin Kersten, Niels J. Nes, Romulo Goncalves


SIGMOD Conference 2009: 309-320


Column imprints: a secondary index structure

Lefteris Sidirourgos, Martin L. Kersten

SIGMOD Conference 2013: 893-904


Updating a cracked database

Stratos Idreos, Martin L. Kersten, Stefan Manegold

SIGMOD Conference 2007: 413-424


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