A Comparative Analysis of Array Models for Databases
While the database collection types set, list, and record have received in-depth attention, the fourth type, array, is still far from being integrated into database modeling. Due to this lack of attention there is only insufficient array support by today's database technology. This is surprising given that large, multi-dimensional arrays have manifold practical applications in earth sciences (such as remote sensing and climate modeling), life sciences (such as microarray data and human brain imagery), and many more areas. Consequently, flexible retrieval today is supported on metadata, but not on the observation and simulation data themselves.