VIEW: A Distributed System for Graphical Analysis of Large Data Bases.

by Eric F. Harslem, Suzanne Landa

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Research projects using large numerical simulations of natural phenomena encounter problems acquiring computer and data storage resources. Work by the ARPA-sponsored climate project at RAND is cited as exemplifying these problems. Certain of these problems are solvable by the large-scale resource sharing of the ARPA Network. The VIEW system addresses a further problem--aiding researchers via graphical analysis of large, remotely located databases. In order to access remote data storage facilities (e.g., the trillion-bit Laser Store), modules of VIEW are distributed over the ARPA Network, with the main analysis module on the UCLA 360/91. The user/system interface was designed to satisfy a set of user-generated specifications and to allow syntactically different inputs to remote data retrieval systems. Terminal input/output is in a Network standard format, allowing use of VIEW from any graphics terminal connected to the Network. 33 pp. Ref.

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