A new concept of sequence data distribution on wide area networks

K. Heumann, D. George, H. W. Mewes

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Accepted concepts in distributed applications design have been applied in the development of a network-based system for the synchronization of remote sequence database access sites by an incremental update mechanism. Computer hardware requirements, network bandwidth, and stability considerations make centralized access to essential computerized resources undesirable.A network model has been developed to distribute access over a collection of remotely situated computer centers. The formally independent database-access nodes join to form a heterogeneous, long distance, co-operating network that can compensate for the deficiencies of unstable network links thereby ensuring uninterrupted access to the resource. In order to guarantee consistency among these nodes, several distributed transaction protocols have been investigated; based on these results, a prototype system has been implemented. A layered software architecture makes the distributed transaction protocol transparent to the individual database system and the underlying network. Individual components of this network communicate by means of Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs). A prototype software system operates to synchronize up to date copies of the PIR-International Protein Sequence Database (Barker el al., 1993) at a number of different sites using the public Internet as the transport vehicle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-526
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1989
Externally publishedYes


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