Topic 5 Parallel and Distributed Databases
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Advances in data exploitation (access, query, retrieval, analysis, mining) are inherent to current and future information systems. Today, accessing great volumes of information is reality; tomorrow data intensive management systems will enable huge user communities to transparently access multiple pre-existing autonomous, distributed and heterogeneous resources (data, documents, services). Existing data management solutions do not provide efficient techniques for exploiting and mining tera-datasets available in clusters, peer to peer and grid architectures. Parallel and distributed databases are a key element for achieving scalable, efficient systems that will both cost-effectively manage and extract knowledge from huge amounts of highly distributed and heterogeneous digital data repositories.