The use of the binary-relational model in industry: A practical approach

Victor González-Castro, Lachlan M. MacKinnon, María Del Pilar Angeles

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In recent years there has been a growing interest in the research community in the utilisation of alternative data models that abandon the relational record storage and manipulation structure. The authors have already reported experimental considerations of the behaviour of n-ary Relational, Binary-Relational, Associative and Transrelational models within the context of Data Warehousing [1], [2], [3] to address issues of storage efficiency and combinatorial explosion through data repetition. In this paper we present the results obtained during the industrial usage of Binary-Relational model based DBMS within a reference architectural configuration. These industrial results are similar to the ones obtained during the experimental stage of this research at the University laboratory [4] where improvements on query speed, data load and considerable reductions on disk space are achieved. These industrial tests considered a wide set of industries: Manufacturing, Government, Retail, Telecommunications and Finance. © 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDataspace: The Final Frontier - 26th British National Conference on Databases, BNCOD 26, Proceedings
Number of pages11
Volume5588 LNCS
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event26th British National Conference on Databases - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Jul 20099 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5588 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference26th British National Conference on Databases
Abbreviated titleBNCOD 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Alternative Data Models
  • Binary-relational
  • Column-oriented DBMS
  • Disk Compression
  • Industrial Application


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