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Data duplication and consistency in a mobile, multidatabase environment

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2 Author(s)
Lim, J.B. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA, USA ; Hurson, A.R.

As technological advances are made in software and hardware, the feasibility of accessing information “anytime, anywhere” is becoming a reality. There are similarities involved in accessing information in a multidatabase environment and a mobile computing environment. We have discussed the characteristics of a wireless-mobile computing environment superimposed on a multidatabase system to realize a system capable of effectively accessing a large amount of data over a wireless medium. In order to limit the effects of the restrictions imposed by a mobile environment, data duplication is used at the mobile unit. The duplicated data at the mobile node provide additional availability in case of a weak connection or disconnection. In such an environment, it is important to retain the consistency between the data residing on fixed nodes and mobile nodes. Current research has concentrated on page- and file-based caching or replication schemes to address the availability and consistency issues in a mobile environment. In a mobile multidatabase environment, local autonomy restrictions prevent the use of a page- or file-based data duplication scheme. We propose a new data duplication scheme to address the limited bandwidth and local autonomy restrictions in such an environment. Queries and their associated data are cached at the mobile unit as a complete object. Consistency is maintained by using a parity-based invalidation scheme. Additionally, a simple prefetching scheme is used in conjunction with caching to further improve effectiveness of the proposed scheme

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Parallel and Distributed Systems, 1998. Proceedings. 1998 International Conference on

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14-16 Dec 1998