Distributed Processing over Stand-alone Systems and Applications.

Gustavo Alonso, Claus Hagen, Hans-Jörg Schek, Markus Tresch: Distributed Processing over Stand-alone Systems and Applications. VLDB 1997: 575-579
  author    = {Gustavo Alonso and
               Claus Hagen and
               Hans-J{\"o}rg Schek and
               Markus Tresch},
  editor    = {Matthias Jarke and
               Michael J. Carey and
               Klaus R. Dittrich and
               Frederick H. Lochovsky and
               Pericles Loucopoulos and
               Manfred A. Jeusfeld},
  title     = {Distributed Processing over Stand-alone Systems and Applications},
  booktitle = {VLDB'97, Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Very
               Large Data Bases, August 25-29, 1997, Athens, Greece},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1997},
  isbn      = {1-55860-470-7},
  pages     = {575-579},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/AlonsoHST97.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/97},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


This paper describes the architecture of OPERA, a generic platform for building distributed systems over stand alone applications. The main contribution of this research effort is to propose a ``kernel'' system providing the ``essentials'' for distributed processing and to show the important role database technology may play in supporting such functionality. These include a powerful process management environment, created as a generalization of workflow ideas and incorporating transactional notions such as spheres of isolation, atomicity, and persistence and a transactional engine enforcing correctness based on the nested and multi-level models. It also includes a tool-kit providing externalized database functionality enabling physical database design over heterogeneous data repositories. The potential of the proposed platform is demonstrated by several concrete applications currently being developed.

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Matthias Jarke, Michael J. Carey, Klaus R. Dittrich, Frederick H. Lochovsky, Pericles Loucopoulos, Manfred A. Jeusfeld (Eds.): VLDB'97, Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, August 25-29, 1997, Athens, Greece. Morgan Kaufmann 1997, ISBN 1-55860-470-7
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Gustavo Alonso, Divyakant Agrawal, Amr El Abbadi: Process Synchronization In Workflow Management Systems. SPDP 1996: 0- BibTeX
Gustavo Alonso, Divyakant Agrawal, Amr El Abbadi, C. Mohan: Functionality and Limitations of Current Workflow Management Systems. submitted to IEEE Expert : (1997) BibTeX
Gustavo Alonso, Stephen Blott, Armin Fessler, Hans-Jörg Schek: Correctness and Parallelism of Composite Systems. PODS 1997: 197-208 BibTeX
Gustavo Alonso, Claus Hagen: Geo-Opera: Workflow Concepts for Spatial Processes. SSD 1997: 238-258 BibTeX
Gustavo Alonso, Radek Vingralek, Divyakant Agrawal, Yuri Breitbart, Amr El Abbadi, Hans-Jörg Schek, Gerhard Weikum: A Unified Approach to Concurrency Control and Transaction Recovery (Extended Abstract). EDBT 1994: 123-130 BibTeX
Stephen Blott, Lukas Relly, Hans-Jörg Schek: An Open Storage System for Abstract Objects. SIGMOD Conference 1996: 330-340 BibTeX
Mohan Kamath, Gustavo Alonso, Roger Günthör, C. Mohan: Providing High Availability in Very Large Worklflow Management Systems. EDBT 1996: 427-442 BibTeX
Helmut Kaufmann, Hans-Jörg Schek: Extending TP-Monitors for Intra-Transaction Parallelism. PDIS 1996: 250-261 BibTeX
Michael Rys, Moira C. Norrie, Hans-Jörg Schek: Intra-Transaction Parallelism in the Mapping of an Object Model to a Relational Multi-Processor System. VLDB 1996: 460-471 BibTeX
Markus Tresch: Principles of Distributed Object Database Languages. technical Report 248, ETH Zürich, Dept. of Computer Science : (1996) BibTeX
Markus Tresch, Marc H. Scholl: A Classification of Multi-Database Languages. PDIS 1994: 195-202 BibTeX

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  1. Surajit Chaudhuri, Gerhard Weikum: Rethinking Database System Architecture: Towards a Self-Tuning RISC-Style Database System. VLDB 2000: 1-10
  2. Gerhard Weikum: On the Ubiquity of Information Services and the Absence of Guaranteed Service Quality. EDBT 1998: 3-6
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