XLDB - Extremely Large Databases

Useful Tips for Attendees

Travel and Location Logistics

Conference Location
XLDB-2015 will take place in Paul Brest Hall (Munger Building 4) on the main Stanford Campus located at 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA, 94305
venue map and directions Munger Hall Map

The nearest parking lot to Paul Brest Hall is Parking Structure 6, a 0.2 mile walk (approx. 5 minutes) to the venue. Parking is first-come, first-served. There are spaces reserved for XLDB on the lower level only of Parking Structure 6. On May 19 there will be a parking attendant present at the entrance from 7am - 10:00am to help direct attendees to the lower level. If all reserved spots fill up, please get a parking placard "scratcher" from the attendant to use in any non-reserved lower level only spot. These scratchers need to be marked with the correct date and displayed on your dashboard. Please note: XLDB parking is in the lower level only to avoid being ticketed.

Invitational Workshop Parking (Thursday Only)
Please come to the registration desk on Tuesday or Wednesday to pick up your free parking pass for Parking Structure 6 if you are registered for the Invitational Workshop on Thursday, May 21. We will also have passes on hand at the registration desk on the morning of the workshop.

Disability Parking
For guests with disabilities, disabled person placards issued by any state are honored in most marked parking spaces on campus, including meters, designated blue spaces (accessible disabled parking is located near all facilities), Service Vehicle spaces and permit lots. State issued disabled placards are not honored in red zones, Resident Fellow (RF) spaces, “Special Permit Only” or Special Area Permit parking, “No Parking” areas, or beyond the posted time limit. For additional information please contact us.

Alternate Parking at Stanford
For guests arriving later who wish to park in alternate fee-based spaces, visitor parking information can be found on Stanford's Parking & Transportation page. Check out their maps page for Visitor Pay Parking marked with a "P".

Getting to Stanford Campus
Check out the Travel & Directions page for links to local maps, public transit, car rental and the Marguerite - Stanford's complimentary shuttle.

Staying at a local hotel?  Don't forget to ask if they have a complimentary shuttle to campus.  If you are staying at the Stanford Guest House (located on the SLAC campus), transportation to campus is also available through Stanford’s complimentary Marguerite shuttle system. The SLAC line operates between SLAC (with a stop at the entrance to the Guest House) and the Stanford campus, and is available from 7:25 a.m. to after 8:55 p.m., approximately every 20 minutes (less frequent service after 6pm).
SLAC Shuttle Map

Registration Location
Registration will be located in the lobby of Paul Brest Hall. Registration will be open at 7:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday and 8am on Thursday.

Arrive Early
Early arrival will allow time for parking and walking to the venue, picking up your badge and having a continental breakfast. Visitor access to campus does not require a form of identification.

Internet Access
Paul Brest Hall is equipped with a complimentary wireless network. If you plan to bring a laptop, please note that there are few power outlets within the facility; we recommend bringing extra batteries.
With the Stanford Visitor network, you can use the university's wireless network to access the Internet while on-campus. The visitor network offers limited bandwidth and sessions are limited to 12 hours. Services are limited to email, web browsing, VPN, and SSH.

How to get online
  1. Select the SSID Stanford Visitor from your device's list of available wireless networks.
  2. Open a browser and load any URL; you will be redirected to an access page (on a mobile phone, the access page should open automatically).
  3. Click Accept to acknowledge the terms of use. Your browser will be sent to a confirmation page and from there you can get online.

Weather / Attire
The weather for Palo Alto at this time of year is temperate with an average high temperature of 75°F and an average low temperature of 49°F.  As this event will occur both inside an air-conditioned facility and outdoors in the elements, we strongly encourage dressing in layers.  We also recommend comfortable walking shoes as there will be some walking and standing outdoors involved.  Sunglasses, sunscreen, umbrellas and hats are optional, useful items.

Last Minute Lodging
For last minute reservations, the lodging guide provides links and phone numbers to accommodations near campus.


Seeing Stanford
For those extending their visit, Stanford offers a variety of options for touring the main campus.  Stanford offers a podcast tour and a Visit Stanford app for iOS devices like the iPhone. Please see Stanford's Visitor Information page for more information.

Nearby Sightseeing
For those with extra time to explore the area, check out the Santa Clara Convention Visitors Bureau website for local attractions or find out where to go in San Francisco on the San Franciso Travel site.

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