1993 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award
Jim is a specialist in database and transaction processing computer systems. At Microsoft his research focuses on scaleable computing: building super-servers and workgroup systems from commodity software and hardware. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked at Digital, Tandem, IBM and AT&T on database and transaction processing systems including Rdb, ACMS, NonStopSQL, Pathway, System R, SQL/DS, DB2, and IMS-Fast Path. He is editor of the Performance Handbook for Database and Transaction Processing Systems, and co-author of Transaction Processing Concepts and Techniques. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the ACM, a member of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, President’s Information Technology Advisor Committee, Trustee of the VLDB Foundation, and Editor of the Morgan Kaufmann series on Data Management. He received the 1998 ACM Turing Award.
Current Activities: Research on fault-tolerant, parallel, and distributed database systems. Manager of Microsoft’s Bay Area Research Lab (BARC).