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A Dynamic Data Middleware Cache for Rapidly-Growing Scientific Repositories

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Executive Summary

Modern scientific repositories are growing rapidly in size. Scientists are increasingly interested in viewing the latest data as part of query results. Current scientific middleware cache systems, however, assume repositories are static. Thus, they cannot answer scientific queries with the latest data. The queries, instead, are routed to the repository until data at the cache is refreshed. In data-intensive scientific disciplines, such as astronomy, indiscriminate query routing or data refreshing often results in runaway network costs. This severely affects the performance and scalability of the repositories and makes poor use of the cache system. The authors present Delta a dynamic data middleware cache system for rapidly-growing scientific repositories.

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