The NON-VON Database Machine: An Overview

Shaw, David Elliot; Stolfo, Salvatore; Ibrahim, Hussein; Hillyer, Bruce K.; Andrews, Jim; Wiederhold, Gio

The NON-VON machine (portions of which are presently under construction in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia, in cooperation with the Knowledge Base Management Systems Project at Stanford) was designed to apply computational parallelism on a rather massive scale to a large share of the information processing functions now performed by digital computers.

The NON-VON architecture comprises a tree-structured Primary Processing Subsystem (PPS), which we are implementing using custom nMOS VLSI chips, Secondary Processing Subsystem (SPS) incorporating modified, highly intelligent disk drives. NON-VON should permit particularly dramatic performance improvements in very large scale data manipulation tasks, including relational database operations and external sorting. This paper briefly describes the structure and function of the NON-VON machine and its constituent processing subsystems.


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Academic Units
Computer Science
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-022-81
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October 21, 2011


This research was supported in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under contract N00039-80-G-0132.