1995 SQL Reunion

System R is a database system built as a research project at IBM San Jose Research (now IBM Almaden Research Center) in the 1970's. System R introduced the SQL language and also demonstrated that a relational system could provide good transaction processing performance.

To learn more about System R, you can read:

The 1995 SQL Reunion: People, Projects, and Politics
an informal but first-hand account of the birth of SQL, the history of System R, and the origins of a number of other relational systems inside and outside IBM.
Also available in Russian at CIT Forum .
a bibliography of all System R papers, compiled by Don Chamberlin (see also System R page of ACM SIGMOD Anthology)
a directory of people who worked on System R and related systems
Other relational systems
summaries of other early relational database systems
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