New Directions In Database-Systems Research and Development
Demurjian, Steven A.
Hsiao, David K.
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In this paper, three new directions in database-systems research and development are indicated. One new direction is the emergence of the multilingual database systems where a single database system can execute many transactions written respectively in different data languages and support many databases structured correspondingly in various data models. Thus, a multi-lingual database system allows the old transactions and existing databases to be migrated to the new system, the user to explore the strong features of the various data languages and data models in the same system, the hardware upgrade to be focused on a single system instead of a heterogeneous collection of database systems, and the database application to cover wider types of transactions and interaction in the same environment. One other new direction is the emphasis of the multi-backend database systems where the database system is configured with a number of microprocessor-based processing units and their disk subsystems. These processing units and disk subsystems are called database backends. The unique characteristics of the backends are that the number of the backends is variable, the system software in all of the backends is identical, and the multiplicity of the backends is proportional to the performance and capacity of the system. Thus, for the first time, a multi-backend database system enables the user to relate the amount of hardware used (i.e., the number of the backends) to the degree of performance gain and capacity growth of the system. The third new direction is the possibility of the multi-host database systems where a single database system can communicate with a variable number and heterogeneous collection of mainframes in several different data languages and allow the mainframes to share the common database store and access. This paper attempts to articulate the background, benefits, requirements and architectures of these new types of database system, namely, the multi-lingua the multi-backend, and the multi-host database systems.
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