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Memory resident databases: reliability, compression and performance.

  The paper argues that recent developments in non-volatile solid-state store allow a new implementation paradigm for databases. This involves replacing slow rotating storage with all-semiconductor data stores. A mechanism is presented to achieve high reliability with this medium. The relatively higher costs of semiconductor store make data compression advantageous. It is argued that relational databases are well suited to this. Empirical measures of the potential for compression in a commercial database are presented.

  • Type:

    Technical Report

  • Date:

    30 November 1992

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    University of Strathclyde

  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    005 Computer programming, programs & data


Cockshott, W. P., Cowie, A., Russell, G. & McGregor, D. (1992). Memory resident databases: reliability, compression and performance.



non-volatile solid-state store; slow rotating storage; all-semiconductor data stores; data compression; relational databases;

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