Object Orientation in Multidatabase Systems

Abstract

A multidatabase system (MDBS) is a confederation of preexisting distributed, heterogeneous, and autonomous database systems. There has been a recent proliferation of research suggesting the application of object-oriented techniques to facilitate the complex task of designing and implementing MDBSs. Although this approach seems promising, the lack of a general framework impedes any further development. The goal of this paper is to provide a concrete analysis and categorization of the various ways in which object orientation has affected the task of designing and implementing MDBSs. We identify three dimensions in which the object-oriented paradigm has influenced this task: the general system architecture, the schema architecture, and the heterogeneous transaction management. Then we provide a classification and a comprehensive analysis of the issues related to each of the above dimensions. To demonstrate the applicability of this analysis, we conclude with a comparative review of existing multidatabase systems.

DOI: 10.1145/210376.210378

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@article{Pitoura1995ObjectOI, title={Object Orientation in Multidatabase Systems}, author={Evaggelia Pitoura and Omran A. Bukhres and Ahmed K. Elmagarmid}, journal={ACM Comput. Surv.}, year={1995}, volume={27}, pages={141-195} }