3-10 August 2016
Chicago IL USA
US/Central timezone
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The fluid database paradigm: a prototype

Aug 6, 2016, 6:00 PM
Riverwalk A/B

Riverwalk A/B

Poster Computing and Data Handling Poster Session


Amanda Weinstein (Iowa State University)


The process of event-building---i.e gathering and associating data from multiple sensors or sub-detectors that arises from a common physical event---is used in many fields, including high-energy physics and gamma-ray astronomy. The problem of fault tolerance in event-building is a difficult one, and one that becomes increasingly difficult with higher data throughput rates and increasing numbers of sub-detectors. We draw on biological self-assembly models in the development of a novel event-building paradigm that treats each packet of data from an individual sensor or sub-detector as if it were a molecule in solution. Bonds (analogous to chemical bonds) are defined between data packets using metadata-based discriminants. A database, which plays the role of a beaker of solution, continually selects pairs of assemblies at random to test for bonds, allowing single tiles and small assemblies to aggregate into larger assemblies. During this process higher-quality associations supersede spurious ones. The database thereby becomes fluid, dynamic, and self-annealing rather than static. We will describe lessons learned from early prototypes of the fluid database as well as future directions.

Primary author

Amanda Weinstein (Iowa State University)


Cameron Rulten (University of Minnesota) Jarvis Haupt (University of Minnesota) Lucy Fortson (University of Minnesota) Mojtaba Kadkhodaie Elyaderani (University of Minnesota) Robyn Lutz (Iowa State University) Thomas Brantseg (Iowa State University)

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