For a long time databases and network
technologies evolved quite independently. The burst in the
large-scale networked information systems led to a situation
where these two areas can no longer be considered apart from one
another without sustaining mutual losses. Much research effort
was invested in integrating the network and database concepts.
These findings uncovered important similarities in both areas,
apparent in brief and expressive statements: “network is a
storage system”, “network is a database index” and finally
“network is a database.” The structural homology has inspired
research and development in new fields such as device and sensor
databases, wireless dataspaces, light-weight distributed query
processors, etc. However, there are fundamental differences in
the network and database realms that are often underestimated by
the researchers. When it comes to practical significance, the
differences outstrip the similarities.
NADM Group elaborates on the
discrepancies between network and database technologies and
utilize them to address deficiencies that slow down the broad deployment of
integrated network-database solutions. We investigate the
strategies that properly fuse the network and database
techniques for efficient information access in the distributed
environments of next generation.
tightly collaborates with
Advanced Data Management
at the University of Pittsburgh.