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Federal CTO Chris Biow to Present Unifying the Search Engine and NoSQL DBMS

SAN CARLOS, Calif. — October 12, 2010 — As the NoSQL movement continues to gain momentum, it’s important to take a look at how NoSQL DBMSs can be implemented with existing technology to get the most out of your IT investment. MarkLogic Corporation, the company revolutionizing the way organizations leverage unstructured information, today announced that MarkLogic Federal CTO Chris Biow will present the session, “Unifying the Search Engine and NoSQL DBMS with a Universal Index” at the Strange Loop 2010 conference, taking place October 14-15, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo.

Biow’s presentation will explore the familiar text indexing data structures and algorithms that underlie search engine technologies. The index will be extended to cover document structure and semantics, scalar range indexing in one and two dimensions – including geospatial applications – and “reverse” indexing of queries. Moreover, a “matchmaking” type of query will be demonstrated in which evaluation is based on a composition of forward and reverse indexing in a true “strange loop” path. The presentation will also explore how indexing can efficiently run concurrently with querying, using MultiVersion Concurrency Control and Log-Structured Merge Trees, providing ACID transactions with lock-free query evaluation, built-in sharding, terabyte-per-server scale-out, replication, and query distribution.

“Unlike single-function architectures, computational hybrids provide a universal index that makes it possible to collapse the server hierarchies that make up a complete application to combine search, a NoSQL database management system and an application server in a single kernel,” said Biow. “Session attendees will see this technology in action with real-world applications, such as geospatial service discovery at and a knowledge management U.S. Air Force application.”

Chris Biow is Federal CTO at MarkLogic Corporation and is currently the technical lead for the company’s role in Federal Government business. Biow has worked with search, database, and knowledge management technologies for more than twenty years with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Research Laboratory and as principal architect with Verity and Autonomy. His current projects include large-scale government message handling and massively-scaled analytic systems for billions of documents and records.

Chris Biow’s session, “Unifying the Search Engine and NoSQL DBMS with a Universal Index” will take place on Thursday, October 14 from 3:15 – 4:05 p.m. CT in Apollo 8. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit To learn more about MarkLogic, please visit

About Strange Loop

Strange Loop is a developer-run software conference focusing on innovation, creativity, and the future, which is happening in the magical nexus between established technology areas. Strange Loop eagerly promotes a mix of languages and technologies in this nexus, bringing together the worlds of bleeding edge technology, enterprise systems, and academic research. Of particular interest are new directions in data storage, alternative languages, concurrent and distributed systems, front-end web, semantic web, and mobile applications.