A Designer for DBMS-Processable Logical Database Structures.

Keki B. Irani, Subir Purkayastha, Toby J. Teorey: A Designer for DBMS-Processable Logical Database Structures. VLDB 1979: 219-231
  author    = {Keki B. Irani and
               Subir Purkayastha and
               Toby J. Teorey},
  editor    = {Antonio L. Furtado and
               Howard L. Morgan},
  title     = {A Designer for DBMS-Processable Logical Database Structures},
  booktitle = {Fifth International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, October
               3-5, 1979, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Proceedings},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  year      = {1979},
  pages     = {219-231},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/IraniPT79.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/79},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


An analytical approach to the design of logical database structures is presented. Inputs to the model consist of data item types and volume, associations among items, security constraints, and item access frequencies required to satisfy known database applications. The output is a pro- totype database management system (DBMS) process- able schema for a hierarchical and/or network data- base structure. The design problem is formulated as an integer programming problem and the branch and bound method is used to generate an optimal solution for the parameters specified. The objec- tive function to be minimized is logical record access, subject to constraints on record size and total database size. Experience with the model has shown it to be an excellent predictor of real performance, easy to use, and have relatively low computing cost for moderately-sized database design problems. Use of the model is illustrated through an example problem and its solution. Direct comparison with a previous methodology clearly establishes the superiority of the current approach.

Copyright © 1979 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). Abstract used with permission.

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James P. Fry, Toby J. Teorey: Design and Performance Tools for Improving Database Usability and Responsiveness. JCDKB 1978: 151-189 BibTeX
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George U. Hubbard, Norman Raver: Automating Logical File Design. VLDB 1975: 227-253 BibTeX
Michael F. Mitoma, Keki B. Irani: Automatic Data Base Schema Design and Optimization. VLDB 1975: 286-321 BibTeX
J. H. Mommens, S. E. Smith: Automatic Generation of Physical Data Base Structures. SIGMOD Conference 1975: 157-165 BibTeX
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Referenced by

  1. Kenneth C. Sevcik: Data Base System Performance Prediction Using an Analytical Model (Invited Paper). VLDB 1981: 182-198
  2. Jean-Luc Hainaut: Theoretical and Practical Tools for Data Base Design. VLDB 1981: 216-224
  3. Vincent Y. Lum, Sakti P. Ghosh, Mario Schkolnick, Robert W. Taylor, D. Jefferson, Stanley Y. W. Su, James P. Fry, Toby J. Teorey, B. Yao, D. S. Rund, B. Kahn, Shamkant B. Navathe, D. Smith, L. Aguilar, W. J. Barr, P. E. Jones: 1978 New Orleans Data Base Design Workshop Report. VLDB 1979: 328-339
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