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The Gamma Database Machine Project

David J. De Witt, Shahram, Ghandeharizadeh, Donovan A. Schneider, Allan Bricker, Hui-I Hsao, Rick Rasmussen, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison. Summary by Armando Fox and Steve Gribble

One-line summary: Distributed DB on top of a NOW, to exploit incremental scalability, commodity parts, and high aggregate disk bandwidth.

Overview/Main Points


Early scalable distributed system on a NOW, with a lot of the same motivations and impementation choices and similar results. Today's fast networks might alleviate some of the scaling problems the authors saw (and to a lesser extent, improved disk performance would help as well).


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