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When Database Systems Meet The Grid

Maria A. Nieto-Santisteban, Alexander S. Szalay, Aniruddha R. Thakar, William J. O'Mullane, Jim Gray, and James Annis


We illustrate the benefits of combining database systems and grid technologies for data-intensive applications. Using a cluster of SQL servers, we reimplemented an existing grid application that finds galaxy clusters in a large astronomical database. The database implementation runs an order of magnitude faster than the earlier Tcl-C-file-based implementation on a Terabyte Analysis Machine (TAM). We discuss why and how the Grid can take advantage of databases systems.


Publication typeInproceedings
InstitutionMicrosoft Research
AddressACM CIDR 2005
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