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Issues Of Web-enabled High Performance Databases


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F. F. Cai, Q. Yu & P. Patel


The Internet with Web technology has not only presented new opportunities, but also fresh challenges to the database research community. This paper attempts to investigate the impact of Web developments on the design and implementation of high performance database systems. In particular, the paper highlights the benefits of Web-enabled databases and discusses some of the key areas of active research in this field. The research work we are undertaking, outlined in the paper, attempts to address several issues in these areas. 1 Introduction The Internet, which began with the development of ARPANET [17] in the late 1960s, has undergone tremendous changes and achieved remarkable successes in recent years. Facilitating a global electronic information system, the Internet has not only revolutionised conventional computing infrastructure in many ways, but is also reaching an ever-increasing and diverse user community. A database management system (DBMS) is a complex information system incorporating a rich set of technologies. These technologies have been assembled in a way that is ideally suited for solving problems of large-scale data management. With the Internet, however, the data that needs managing is changing radically and is being stored at various places rather than in a \“clear- cut” database system. The wide spread use of the Internet with Web technology has, with all its benefits, presented a new challenge to the position of database systems as the core element of conventional information systems. The response