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Distributed Database Management for Scientific Data Analysis

By Nabil I. Hachem, Michael A. Gennert and Matthew O. Ward


: Scientific databases have recently become a challenging research area for a number of reasons: 1) the amount of data stored in scientific databases is rapidly increasing, with orders of magnitude increases on the horizon, 2) the data are becoming increasing complex, as more complicated data structures and data relationships must be captured, 3) there is a need to integrate incompatible data formats, commercial databases, and analysis tools into a seamless environment, and 4) scientific databases are becoming distributed, i.e., no single site can archive all the data potentially required to conduct some experiments. Unless these challenges can be met, the scientific researcher will spend an inordinate amount of time manipulating bits and bytes, instead of focusing on the scientific problems of most interest. In this paper we discuss these database issues in more depth and then describe the Gaea system, a spatiotemporal database management system under development at Worcester Polytec..

Topics: KEY WORDS, Distributed databases, Meta-data management, Scientific databases
Year: 1993
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