Mission

The mission of the Gray Systems Lab is to design, develop, and evaluate novel database system technologies and to assist in the transition of the best ideas into the SQL Server and SQL Azure product lines. The GSL staff members also spend a portion of their time engaged with the UW-Madison graduate students and faculty who are affiliated with the lab working on research projects that are generally more speculative in nature.

Organizationally, the Lab is part of the SQL Server Product group, and not Microsoft Research. This direct path has allowed us to dramatically shorten the time to productize an idea.