Computer Science (HMC)
The application of functional programming concepts to the data representation and querying aspects of databases has been discussed by Shipman and Buneman, et al. respectively. We argue the suitability of a function-based approach to additional aspects of database systems, including updating, transaction serialization, and physical distribution and communication. It is shown how the NmergeH extension of a purely functional model permits serializable concurrent "primary site" distribution control. We also present preliminary experimental results which indicate that a reasonable degree of concurrency is attainable from the functional approach.
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Keller, Robert M., and Gary Lindstrom. "Approaching Distributed Database Implementations Through Functional Programming Concepts." Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (May 1985): 192-200.