Software database management systems were developed in response to the needs of early data processing applications. Database machine research developed as a result of certain performance deficiencies of these software systems. This thesis discusses the history of database machines designed to improve the performance of database processing and focuses primarily on the Teradata DBC/1012, the only successfully marketed database machine that supports very large databases today. Also reviewed is the response of IBM to the performance needs of its database customers; this response has been in terms of improvements in both software and hardware support for database processing. In conclusion, an analysis is made of the future of database machines, in particular the DBC/1012, in light of recent IBM enhancements and its immense customer base.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Database management; Databases; Computer architecture; IBM computers; Databases--History

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Computer Science (GCCIS)


Henry A. Etlinger

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Peter G. Anderson

Advisor/Committee Member

Jeffrey Lasky


"I Mary Ann Kuntz hereby deny permission to reproduce my thesis in whole or in part."

Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at QA76.9.D3 K863 1988


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