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Standford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC) production object database breaks new records as it stores multi-terabytes of data

Objectivity, the leading provider of object database management systems (ODBMS), announced that Stanford Linear Accelerator Center is storing 169 terabytes of production data using Objectivity/DB. SLAC has chosen Objectivity/DB for its flagship research project, called B Factory. The announcement endorses Objectivity’s recent prediction that scientific and research databases will soon easily exceed petabytes of data.

According to Jacek Becla, principal research software developer at SLAC, "Objectivity/DB is the only database system available that can provide SLAC with the scalability, full C++ bindings and extremely complex schema support we require.

"The close collaboration between SLAC and Objectivity was of great help in achieving this level of scalability. We are committed to working with Objectivity to allow the system to scale up to petabytes and beyond," he continued.

SLAC’s research project data is distributed across several hundred processing nodes and over 30 on-line servers. The Objectivity/DB databases operate in a mixed computing environment running on Sun Solaris and Windows NT platforms, using Java and C++ languages.

Rick ter Horst, general manager of Objectivity Europe commented, "Because Objectivity has a scalable, distributed client-centric architecture, there is no limit to the amount of data or contextual information that customers can store and process.

"Breaking the150 Terabyte barrier with SLAC not only demonstrates this, but is a true measure of success as to how we work with customers to realise their IT project goals. Objectivity/DB allows the complexity of SLAC’s project data to grow, with no degradation in performance," he continued.

Due to the way that objects are linked together in a "natural" way rather than being organised into fields, rows and tables as with Relational Databases, Object databases are able to perform thousands of times faster. They can be embedded into large, mission-critical applications, presenting data in the user’s own format.

Glossary of Terms

No of Bytes

1,000 kilobytes (thousand)
1,000,000 megabytes (million)
1,000,000,000 gigabytes (trillion)
1,000,000,000,000 terabytes

Terabyte 1,000 gigabytes
Petabyte 1,000 terabytes
Exabyte 1,000 petabytes

A typical desktop PC has 2 gigabytes of hard disk space.

A terabyte of data would equate to a pile of paperback books 30 times the height of Mount Everest!

Notes to Editors

About Objectivity
Objectivity, is a leading provider of high-performance database engines that allow for an integrated and more efficient way to use high-volume and/or complex data in sophisticated applications. Objectivity helps organisations realise the timely use of complex information for enabling inventions and making business or process decisions.

High profile clients include: Nortel Networks, Motorola, Ericsson, Coexis, CERN, Tokyo Mitsubishi International, European Space Agency, Marconi, Siemens, Netcentric and Boheads.

Objectivity is headquartered in Mountain View, California USA. The European headquarters is located in The Netherlands with sales operations in UK, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, and Scandinavia.

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