Data Distribution in the NBS (National Bureau of Standards) Automated Manufacturing Research Facility,
NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR MFG ENGINEERING
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The NBSNational Bureau of Standards AMRFAutomated Manufacturing Research Facility exemplifies one approach to integrating a set of heterogeneous distributed databases. While the 1983 implementation is primitive, it provides real-time control processes with access to conventional databases, rapidly changing memory-resident data, and large binary files. It demonstrates the feasibility of front-ending existing data management systems with a Data Administration System implementing a common user interface, constructing process-dependent logical views of the data, and providing networked data access. The major shortcoming of the current implementation is the absence of a common data dictionary, and the major task of the near future is the development and automation of a distributed data dictionary system.