What is Pocket Data?

Over a decade ago, the world entered the era of Big Data by challenging common assumptions. We stopped thinking of distributed systems failures as outliers or corner cases. We stopped thinking that we couldn’t collect everything. We stopped thinking that limits on data sizes would prevent us from distinguishing between signal and noise.

Now, we’re starting to challenge a new set of fundamental assumptions:

In short, we are transitioning to an era where where the data management bottleneck is personal and per-device interactions, rather than scalability.

We think of this as the era of “Small Data”, and we need to be ready.

The Pocket Data project aims to enable a new generation of database researchers to tackle the challenges of Pocket-Scale data management.

PocketData is supported through NSF IIS Award #1629791.