Very Large Databases: How Large, How Different?

David Vaskevitch: Very Large Databases: How Large, How Different? VLDB 1995: 677-685
  author    = {David Vaskevitch},
  editor    = {Umeshwar Dayal and
               Peter M. D. Gray and
               Shojiro Nishio},
  title     = {Very Large Databases: How Large, How Different?},
  booktitle = {VLDB'95, Proceedings of 21th International Conference on Very
               Large Data Bases, September 11-15, 1995, Zurich, Switzerland},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1995},
  isbn      = {1-55860-379-4},
  pages     = {677-685},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/Vaskevitch95.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/95},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


Soon, the world will need far more truly large databases than any of us ever imagined; yet, ironically, without a lot of care, VLDB's, as we know them today may be left along the wayside. The way in which we think about, design and build enormous databases will have to completely change if we are to participate in this revolution.

By now everybody, including database people, realizes that the computer world is going through not one but two revolutionary changes. First, of course, there's the whole impact of personal computers, commodity hardware and ever increasing speed and capacity. Second, there's the impact of the internet with its globalization, ubiquity, and popularization of the very notion of servers. Individually, each ofthese would be quite a lot to deal with; put them together, and the impactis explosive. This paper deals with the particular impact of this changingworld scene on the concepts behind and implementation of very large databases. By the time we're done, the meanings of "very", "large" and "database" will be pretty different than it is today.

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Umeshwar Dayal, Peter M. D. Gray, Shojiro Nishio (Eds.): VLDB'95, Proceedings of 21th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, September 11-15, 1995, Zurich, Switzerland. Morgan Kaufmann 1995, ISBN 1-55860-379-4
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