Gray Missing at Sea

Jim Gray, father of transaction processing systems and the inventor of the two-phase commit protocol, has gone missing in the Pacific, off the San Francisco Bay. See Francois Orsini's weblog entry on Gray. Charles Babcock of Information Week has also written a story about GrayAs John Murrell notes in Good Morning Silicon Valley, Gray is very well-known in the Bay Area:

[He is] the first recipient of a doctorate degree from the University of California-Berkeley's computer-science department back in 1969, and recipient of the Turing Award, computing's Nobel, in 1998 for his body of work, which helped pave the way for automated-teller machines, computerized airline reservations and e-commerce.

We all hope he is safe and well.

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