Research on alternate media technologies, like film, synthetic DNA, and glass, for long-term data archival has received a lot of attention recently due to the media obsolescence issues faced by contemporary storage media like tape, Hard Disk Drives (HDD), and Solid State Disks (SSD). While researchers have developed novel layout and encoding techniques for archiving databases on these new media types, one key question remains unaddressed: How do we ensure that the decoders developed today will be available and executable by a user who is restoring an archived database several decades later in the future, on a computing platform that potentially does not even exist today? In this paper, we make the case for Universal Layout Emulation (ULE), a new approach for future-proof, long-term database archival that advocates archiving decoders together with the data to ensure successful recovery. In order to do so, ULE brings together concepts from Data Management and Digital Preservation communities by using emulation for archiving decoders. In order to show that ULE can be implemented in practice, we present the design and evaluation of Micr’Olonys, an end-to-end long-term database archival system that can be used to archive databases using visual analog media like film, microform, and archival paper.
Universal layout emulation for long-term database archival
CIDR 2021, Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research, 11-15 January, 2021, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Virtual Conference)
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