Stratum approaches to temporal DBMS implementation

K. Torp, C. S. Jensen, R. T. Snodgrass

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Previous approaches to implementing temporal DBMSs have assumed that a temporal DBMS must be built from scratch, employing an integrated architecture and using new temporal implementation techniques such as temporal indexes and join algorithms. However, this is a very large and time-consuming task. The paper explores approaches to implementing a temporal DBMS as a stratum on top of an existing non-temporal DBMS, rendering implementation more feasible by reusing much of the functionality of the underlying conventional DBMS. More specifically, the paper introduces three stratum meta-architectures, each with several specific architectures. Based on a new set of evaluation criteria, advantages and disadvantages of the specific architectures are identified. The paper also classifies all existing temporal DBMS implementations according to the specific architectures they, employ. It is concluded that a stratum architecture is the best short, medium, and perhaps even long-term, approach to implementing a temporal DBMS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IDEAS 1998
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Database Engineering and Applications Symposium
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0818683074, 9780818683077
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event1998 International Database Engineering and Applications Symposium, IDEAS 1998 - Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 8 1998Jul 10 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings - IDEAS 1998: International Database Engineering and Applications Symposium


Other1998 International Database Engineering and Applications Symposium, IDEAS 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff, Wales


  • Temporal databases
  • database interfaces
  • database systems architectures
  • legacy systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Hardware and Architecture


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