Kyrix: A Detail-on-Demand Visualization System

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
32-G449 (Kiva)
Mike Stonebraker, MIT

IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM
7:00 PM, Thursday, 18 April 2019
MIT Room 32-G449 (Kiva)
This talk will be webcast on the MIT CSAIL Youtube channel beginning at 7pm.
Kyrix: A Detail-on-Demand Visualization System
Mike Stonebraker, MIT

Kyrix is a "detail-on-demand" visualization system. As such, it supports a pan/zoom/jump interface similar to Google Maps. The benefit of such systems is the interface can be learned quickly and no user manual is required. Also, it facilitates browsing over large amounts of data, drilling into areas of interest to get more information. Although Kyrix is a natural on geographic data, it can also be used on any kind of data that is amenable to a two-dimensional layout.

Many detail-on-demand systems have been constructed in the past; mostly hard-coded to support a single application. In contrast, Kyrix is easily programmable to support any kinds of objects, not just maps or satellite imagery.

Kyrix is now operational, and we will demo the system on a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) application using 30T of EEG sleep study data. We also have a genomics browser (in conjunction with Paradigm4), a browser into internet traffic (in conjunction with Recorded Futures), and a browser for the MIT Data Civilizer data integration system.

We also, show how we achieve end-to-end response time of 500 msec. or less and discuss the concept of supporting multiple co-ordinated viewports on the screen at once.

More details can be obtained from our CIDR paper on Kyrix, available from

Dr. Stonebraker has been a pioneer of data base research and technology for more than forty years. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. These prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for twenty five years. More recently at M.I.T. he was a co-architect of the Aurora/Borealis stream processing engine, the C-Store column-oriented DBMS, the H-Store transaction processing engine, the SciDB array DBMS, and the Data Tamer data curation system. Presently he serves as Chief Technology Officer of Paradigm4 and Tamr, Inc. Professor Stonebraker was awarded the ACM System Software Award in 1992 for his work on INGRES. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual SIGMOD Innovation award in 1994, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. He was awarded the IEEE John Von Neumann award in 2005 and the 2014 Turing Award, and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T.

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This joint meeting of the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM will be held in MIT Room 32-G449 (the Kiva conference room on the 4th floor of the Stata Center, building 32 on MIT maps) . You can see it on this map of the MIT campus.