Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Mobile Database

  • Ouri WolfsonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1362


A mobile database is a database that resides on a mobile device such as a PDA, a smart phone, or a laptop. Such devices are often limited in resources such as memory, computing power, and battery power.

Key Points

Due to device limitations, a mobile database is often much smaller than its counterpart residing on servers and mainframes. A mobile database is managed by a Database Management System (DBMS). Again, due to resource constraints, such a system often has limited functionality compared to a full blown database management system. For example, mobile databases are single user systems, and therefore a concurrency control mechanism is not required. Other DBMS components such as query processing and recovery may also be limited.

Queries to the mobile database are usually posed by the user of the mobile device. Updates of the database may originate from the user, or from a central server, or directly from other mobile devices. Updates from the server are communicated...

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Recommended Reading

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    Cao H, Wolfson O, Xu B, Yin H. MOBI-DIC: MOBIle DIscovery of loCal Resources in Peer-to-Peer Wireless Network. Bull Comput Soc Tech Comm Data Eng. 2005;28(3):11–18. (Special Issue on Database Issues for Location Data Management).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mobile Information Systems Center (MOBIS)The University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of CSUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ouri Wolfson
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  1. 1.Mobile Information Systems Center (MOBIS)The University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA