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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 69 | 25. Oktober 2019
Priority Programme “Scalable Data Management on Future Hardware” (SPP 2037)

In 2016 the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “Scalable Data Management on Future Hardware” (SPP 2037). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period.

The goals of this Priority Programme are based on the observation that data management architectures will undergo a radical shift in the next years. This is driven by the fact that on the one hand, the range of applications requiring to handle large sets of data has significantly broadened, and on the other hand, new trends in hardware as well as at operating system level offer great opportunities for rethinking current system architectures.

Today, the application of database systems has moved beyond pure transaction-oriented scenarios. Instead, they are more and more utilised as data integration platforms to realise a unified access model to heterogeneous or even distributed data. In addition, database technology in a broader sense is exploited in pure analytical applications. Particularly, in many fields of science and engineering data-driven discovery relies on efficient and performant management of big datasets, but at the same time raises great challenges, e.g. regarding structure and dynamicity of data as well as the way how data is accessed and analysed. Consequently, the vision of this Priority Programme for future database systems is to loosen or even to shed the tight corset, that was implied by the current assumptions, on the required level of abstraction and the available hardware, and replace it with a more flexible architectural approach.

During the first phase of this Priority Programme, the funded projects have investigated and developed architectural concepts for data management techniques, which utilise specific features of modern and upcoming hardware technology, such as manycore processors and accelerators, non-volatile memory, and high-speed network communication. For the second phase, project proposals are invited that continue this research, but extend the focus either

  • towards more comprehensive architectural approaches for data management on heterogeneous hardware, particularly for non-standard data applications,
  • or addressing novel and experimental hardware technology for data management, such as specialised processing units e.g. for data compression or security, tensor processing units, future memory and storage technologies, or high-speed networking.

The project proposal should clearly state which of these two lines of research is planned to be addressed, which hardware technology will be considered, and which data management tasks are subject of research. Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the results of the first project phase at the programme website Externer Linkwww.dfg-spp2037.de.

Proposals must be written in English and submitted to the DFG by 31 January 2020. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system.

Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 17 January 2020 to submit a proposal under this call; registration requests received after this time cannot be considered. You will normally receive confirmation of your registration by the next working day. Note that you will be asked to select the appropriate Priority Programme call during both the registration and the proposal process.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a new project within the existing Priority Programme, please go to Proposal Submission – New Project – Priority Programmes and select “SPP 2037” from the current list of calls. Previous applicants can submit a proposal for the renewal of an existing project under Proposal Submission – Proposal Overview/Renewal Proposal.

In preparing your proposal, please review the programme guidelines (form 50.05, section B) and follow the proposal preparation instructions (form 54.01). These forms can either be downloaded from our website or accessed through the elan portal. In addition to submitting your proposal via elan, please send an electronic copy to the programme coordinator.

The date of the review panel meeting will be announced in due course.

Further Information

More information on the Priority Programme is available under:

The elan system can be accessed at:

DFG forms 50.05 and 54.01 can be downloaded at:

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:

  • Professor Kai-Uwe Sattler,
    Technische Universität Ilmenau,
    Institut für Praktische Informatik und Medieninformatik,
    Fachgebiet Datenbanken und Informationssysteme,
    Helmholtzplatz 5 (Zusebau),
    98693 Ilmenau,
    phone +49 3677 69-4577,
    Link auf E-Mailkus@tu-ilmenau.de

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:

Programme contact:

Administrative contact:


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