Database Clustering

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(with a focus on Postgresql)


The IDIOM Media Watch on Climate Change visualizes contextualized information spaces comprising millions of documents. User navigate this repository alongside multiple dimensions and formulate queries based on textual, semantic, or geospatial criteria. High performance database solutions are required to support real time browsing and searching of this vast document collection.

Database clustering has the potential to provide the following benefits:

  • high throughput due to the distribution of requests through multiple nodes (load balancing)
  • high availability (transparent failover)
  • higher maintainability (defect nodes are easily replaceable)

The goal of this thesis is to evaluate database clustering approaches and technologies considering the potential benefits outlined above with a focus on postgresql.


  1. Literature review:
    1. Database clustering approaches (commercial, literature)
      1. advantages and drawbacks of these approaches
      2. load balancing, replication, …
    2. Database clustering and Postgresql
  2. Requirement Analysis
  3. Design Performance Test Cases
    1. cover different aspects of database access (insert, update, select)
    2. number of clients/connections
  4. Evaluation
    1. data definition language (DDL)
    2. data manipulation language (DML)
  5. Outlook and conclusions

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