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Information servers, present and future

Haworth, G. M. (1992) Information servers, present and future. In: Valduriez, P. (ed.) Parallel Processing and Data Management. Applied Information Technology, 13 (13). Chapman and Hall, London, pp. 261-274. ISBN 0412428008

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Abstract/Summary

Mainframes, corporate and central servers are becoming information servers. The requirement for more powerful information servers is the best opportunity to exploit the potential of parallelism. ICL recognized the opportunity of the 'knowledge spectrum' namely to convert raw data into information and then into high grade knowledge. Parallel Processing and Data Management Its response to this and to the underlying search problems was to introduce the CAFS retrieval engine. The CAFS product demonstrates that it is possible to move functionality within an established architecture, introduce a different technology mix and exploit parallelism to achieve radically new levels of performance. CAFS also demonstrates the benefit of achieving this transparently behind existing interfaces. ICL is now working with Bull and Siemens to develop the information servers of the future by exploiting new technologies as available. The objective of the joint Esprit II European Declarative System project is to develop a smoothly scalable, highly parallel computer system, EDS. EDS will in the main be an SQL server and an information server. It will support the many data-intensive applications which the companies foresee; it will also support application-intensive and logic-intensive systems.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Systems Engineering
ID Code:4570
Uncontrolled Keywords:CAFS, data, datatabase, EDS, engine, information, parallelism
Publisher:Chapman and Hall

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