Encyclopedia of Database Systems

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| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Database Middleware

  • Cristiana Amza
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7993-3_689-2

Synonyms

Definition

Database middleware is a generic term used to refer to software infrastructure that supports (i) functionality, such as, interoperability between software components, or distributed transaction execution, (ii) improved database service, such as, performance scaling or fault tolerance of a database back-end in a larger system, or (iii) adaptations to workloads e.g., through the use of adaptive queuing middleware or of a scheduler component for adaptive reconfiguration of a database back-end.

Historical Background

Historically, TP Monitors were the first recognized database middleware components. TP Monitors, thus database middleware, was originally run on mainframes to connect different applications. Later, with the advent of e-business applications and modern multi-tier architectures that supported them, similar functionality as in the original TP Monitors became integrated in software components within...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada