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Re: Big Database Server General Question

On 2009-04-04 15:34, Tim McDonough wrote:
I'm asking this question to find out what keywords to search for, not really looking for a specific answer here.

When there is a huge database involved with a lot of users and lots of data it isn't done all with one computer and a fast connection.

Sure it is. IBM and Burroughs have been selling a transaction processing manager and intelligent terminals since before /Houses of the Holy/, which allow an ungodly huge number of on-line users to "simultaneously" query a database.

Other large systems vendors have been selling similar kit for 25 years. (Except Sun, of course, which was too small in 1982. But it now sells similar product.)

I'm generally interested in how requests directed to a particular database are divided up among several servers which run the queries and return the results (Google, Wikipedia, eBay, etc.)

What are the general terms that describe that sort of architecture? My searching isn't getting too far and I believe it's because I don't know the right questions to ask.

Scooty Puff, Sr
The Doom-Bringer

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