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Server Architectures by René J. Chevance

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Chapter 8. DBMS and Server Architectures

The objective of this chapter is to analyze and compare architectural options for servers and look at the architecture of database management systems. A DBMS has a privileged relationship with data storage (magnetic disks), broken down into two areas: data management and the caching of data. The nature of the interconnect between system and disk—whether it be a single system, an SMP, or a multinode system such as a cluster or MPP—provides a further dimension of characterization alongside the architectural choices. DBMS vendors have made architectural choices; we will examine these choices, along with their characteristics and also look at the architectures of selected parallel databases.

We will conclude ...

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