A Porting Methodology for Parallel Database Systems
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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The Multibackend Database Supercomputer MDBS pioneered in the Naval Postgraduate School Laboratory for Database Systems Research offers an elegant solution to the four most pressing problems associated with the traditional approach to very large database management systems capacity growth, performance improvement, data sharing, and resource consolidation. The purpose of this thesis is to develop a theory of system software portability for this large and complex network application which will facilitate others in the installation and utilization of MDBS. The first challenge is the almost total lack of documentation about MDBS software of use to system porters. A second set of issues revolves around the use of hardware by MDBS, particularly the use of mass storage devices for the storage and manipulation of base- and meta-data. A third challenge concerns the portability of system calls, shell programs, and the C language implementation. A final set of portability issues arises from the extensive use of inter-process and inter-machine communications by MDBS. Parallel database, Multilingual and multimodal database, MultiBackend database computer, Porting, MDBS, Heterogenous database system.
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