The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded one of the 2020 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes to Prof. Thomas Neumann, Chair for Database Systems. The DFG has recognized him for his work on efficient management and analysis of very large volumes of data. Neumann has spent the past few years developing numerous basic techniques for the processing of queries. Modern database servers often use 60 or more CPU cores. The “HyPer” system developed by Prof. Thomas Neumann can distribute work packages so dynamically across the CPU cores that they all have an equal workload, while still largely maintaining data locality. The DFG recognized that in developing “HyPer”, Neumann has redirected the focus of research into in-memory database systems – a development which is also relevant for industry and society in general. He was also praised for making the results of his research readily accessible to society: “HyPer” was commercialized as a start-up, which has since been acquired by a market-leading company specialized in accelerated interactive data analysis.
Prof. Thomas Neumann obtained his doctorate at the University of Mannheim, conducted research at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and was appointed to a professorship at TUM in 2010 after completing his postdoctoral lecturing qualification at the University of the Saarland. He has received several awards for his research, including the valuable ERC Consolidator Grant for his CompDB project in 2016.