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Title: A transputer based parallel database system
Author: Gray, Jonathan Patrick
ISNI:       0000 0001 3513 1914
Awarding Body: Sheffield City Polytechnic
Current Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Date of Award: 1991
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A sophisticated database application generation environment known as DB4GL has been developed at Sheffield City Polytechnic. A unique feature of DB4GL is the object-oriented application model used to specify and generate database applications. Although DB4GL has many advanced and powerful features, such as a self-describing data dictionary and extensive integrity rule processing facilities; the system has not been designed for high performance in either the generation tools or the generated database applications. The Parallel-DB4GL (P-DB4GL) project represents an attempt to improve the performance of the generated database applications, by constructing a new concurrent implementation of DB4GL for execution on transputer-based parallel hardware. This thesis describes the DB4GL system as developed to the commencement of the P-DB4GL project. A prototype P-DB4GL system has been implemented that demonstrates how significant performance gains can be obtained from a concurrent implementation on transputer-based parallel hardware. Based on the successful results of this prototype system, designs for a fully functional multiprocessor P-DB4GL system are proposed. The details of this prototype and the fully functional designs are presented in this thesis. The thesis also provides an evaluation of the P-DB4GL project as a whole, and concludes with some suggestions for further research in the areas of parallel databases and object-oriented system implementation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Computer software & programming