Sam Lightstone

Sam Lightstone

Distinguished Engineer at IBM
BIO: Sam Lightstone is Distinguished Engineer for relational Cloud Data repositories as well as co-founder of IBM's technology incubation initiative.He is author or several books, papers, and patents on computer science, careers, and data engineering.
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BIO: Sam Lightstone is and IBM Fellow and Master Inventor.   He is currently the Chief Architect for both IBM’s dashDB product line providing data warehousing in the cloud, and  “BLU Acceleration” IBM’s breakthrough technology for parallel vectorized in-memory columnar analytics, a project Sam cofounded in collaboration with colleagues from  IBM’s Almaden Research and Toronto labs. His recent work has included numerous topics in cloud computing, hardware optimized analytic processing, database language interfaces, data warehousing, autonomic computing and relational database management systems. He is founder and past chair of the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self Managing Database Systems and is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Autonomous and Autonomic Computing. Sam is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IBM Master Inventor with over 45 patents and patents pending; he has published widely on self-managing database systems and is co-author of five books, including the critically acclaimed guide to software development professionalism Making it Big in Software”. Sam has been with IBM since 1991. He has a B.Sc. Eng. in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and an M.Math in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. He is a former competitive and carded foil fencer on the Canadian national circuit, who enjoys cycling and playing guitar.

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Sam Lightstone
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
IBM Canada Ltd.,
8200 Warden Avenue
Markham, Ontario, Canada   L6G 1C7
E-mail:                   light [at]
Tel:                         (905) 413-3665   
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