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Volume 22, Number 2, Page 197 (1978)
Nontopical Issue
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Model for Database Reference Strings Based on Behavior of Reference Clusters

by M. C. Easton
The observation that references to a particular page are clustered (in time) in typical database reference strings is used as the intuitive motivation for a model of page reference activity in an interactive database system. The model leads to a two-parameter form for the (Denning) working-set functions associated with a page. Methods for estimating parameter values from measurements or from logical descriptions of applications are discussed. Results from the model are shown to agree well with measurements from two database systems.
Related Subjects: Data, structures and accessing; Databases; Models and modeling; Storage hierarchies