Database Architectures

A leading data systems research group, active in the broad area of data (management) systems and infrastructure for supporting data science.

We, the Database Architectures (DA) research group of CWI, are well known as a top data systems research group, active in the broad area of data (management) systems and infrastructure for supporting data science. Our research group has a strong international reputation in academia and industry for pioneering column store technology, fast compression methods, vectorized query execution, on-line query-driven indexing (cracking), adaptive caching, and integration of statistical languages and analysis in database management systems.


We develop, distribute and maintain the MonetDB open-source system, and we have spawned multiple spin-off companies, including Data Distilleries, VectorWise and MonetDB Solutions. Our team also operates a self-built cluster, SciLens, that – unlike many other computer clusters – is bandwidth-optimized and thus better suited as a data-science infrastructure. We pride ourselves on revealing the real problems in our discipline and coming up with revolutionary solutions that are frequently ahead of their time.

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