The author list here is a round-up of real database legends, including the late Jim Gray and Pat O'Neil, and Phil Bernstein and Elizabeth O'Neil who are still doing work in databases and systems.
This became the basis of PostgreSQL's serializable snapshot isolation feature:
I recall I approached him in the break and congratulated him on the fantastic presentation. And it was fantastic - like a murder mystery story, it kept you on the edge of the seat, answering questions it has created earlier and culminating into the answer. An older guy, probably his science advisor, protested that it's not only the presentation that was good, and the research itself was not too shabby. To that I retorted that for all we know there was a lot of good research in the room but we will never find out because delivery was lacking. Research must beget research, it's what makes science from hobby. I think we reached an agreement. I often think back to that moment - what we build should lend itself to further building, or it becomes a dead end. Neither science nor technology are made from dead-ends, the proverbial shoulders of giants must stack up for the civilization to advance.
I do remember thinking that it was unusually well argued and presented. It's much more accessible to the practitioner than a lot of the other research in this area. In my experience this is a positive signal about the quality of the research.
^ not a whole a lot, admittedly