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Nullius in verba (Motto of the Royal Society, the oldest "learned society for science" in the world. Roughly translated: "Trust no one's word.")
DBMS Performance Testing Group work
Fall 2012 Performance Group
Start by reading: "Pathologies of Big Data", Communications of the ACM, August 2009. Read this by next week. You might need to be on a campus computer to access the full text of the article.
Install MySQL on your own machine. (Set up passwords! Don't leave root/superuser/administrator account on MySQL unprotected.)
Thomas slides from Aug 2011 DBMS/MySQL quickie workshop - might be useful in figuring out MySQL installation. Or not. Depends on your computer.