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The Catalog Archive Server Database Management System
January/February 2008 (vol. 10 no. 1)
pp. 30-37
Ani R. Thakar, Johns Hopkins University
Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins University
George Fekete, Johns Hopkins University
Jim Gray, Microsoft Research
The multiterabyte Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s (SDSS’s) catalog data is stored in a commercial relational database management system with SQL query access and a built-in query optimizer. The SDSS Catalog Archive Server adds advanced data mining features to the DBMS to provide fast online access to the data.

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Index Terms:
Sloan Digital Sky Survey Science Archive, SDSS, astronomy, large-scale databases, database management systems
Citation:
Ani R. Thakar, Alex Szalay, George Fekete, Jim Gray, "The Catalog Archive Server Database Management System," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 30-37, Jan.-Feb. 2008, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2008.15
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