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Walla Walla University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education founded in 1892. A fully-accredited institution, WWU offers more than 100 areas of study in professional and technical programs and the liberal arts. 

The headquarters of WWU is located on an 83-acre campus in College Place situated in the Walla Walla Valley in Southeastern Washington state. The university also operates four satellite campuses, including a School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon, a marine biology station near Anacortes, Washington, and School of Social Work and Sociology campuses in Missoula and Billings, Montana. Learn more about WWU.

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Big data

Carman dissertation focuses on algorithm codes over shared databases

Congratulations to Preston Carman, WWU assistant professor of computer science, on completing his doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Riverside.

Carman completed his dissertation, “Interval Joins for Big Data,” in September 2020. His research included reviewing five existing computer algorithms that had only been tested as a proof of concept and not implemented in a real database. He searched for the most efficient algorithm that joined intervals on big data using many machines.

Carman’s goal was to complete a project that would allow others to benefit from what he learned. His performance analysis allowed him to share his new algorithm implementation with an open-source database where it can continue to be used.

“I’m proud that the code I wrote is actually being utilized in a real database system,” Carman said.

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Posted Nov. 3, 2020

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Preston Carman, WWU associate professor of computer science, completed his doctorate in September.

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Westwind, the magazine of Walla Walla University, is published three times a year (March, July, and November) to share news and information about WWU with alumni, parents of current students, and other friends of the university. 

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