Requirements Blueprint and Multiple Criteria for Distributed Database Design

March 2000
Ambrose Goicoechea, The MITRE Corporation
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The purpose of this paper is two-fold: (1) to present a methodological framework for the design of database architectures in a distributed database environment, and (2) to provide support for the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) guidelines in the segmentation of databases for use by DoD systems and programs. The first problem considered addresses design options in the partitioning of a single large database into multiple, smaller database segments. The second problem considers multiple data sources and determines a preferred subset of these to form a single, composite database while satisfying requirements and multiple criteria. The structured approach considered here is that of non-linear, zero-one mathematical programming (MP) to yield insight into the choice of designs possible given a set of system requirements and criteria.


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