SRC Technical Note
1997 – 018
August 20, 1997
The 1995 SQL Reunion: People, Projects, and Politics
Edited by Paul McJones
Systems Research Center
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Copyright (c) 1995, 1997 by Paul McJones, Roger Bamford, Mike Blasgen, Don
Chamberlin, Josephine Cheng, Jean-Jacques Daudenarde, Shel Finkelstein, Jim
Gray, Bob Jolls, Bruce Lindsay, Raymond Lorie, Jim Mehl, Roger Miller, C.
Mohan, John Nauman, Mike Pong, Tom Price, Franco Putzolu, Mario Schkolnick, Bob
Selinger, Pat Selinger, Don Slutz, Irv Traiger, Brad Wade, and Bob Yost. You
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A reunion of people who worked on System R and its derivatives, including
SQL/DS, DB2, and R*, was held at Asilomar on May 29, 1995. This is an edited
transcript of the day’s discussions, incorporating changes provided by the
speakers. It provides an informal but first-hand account of the birth of SQL,
the history of System R, and the origins of a number of other relational
systems inside and outside IBM.