Volume 36, Number 3, July-September 2002
|Page(s)||227 - 235|
|Published online||15 April 2003|
Optimal Policies for a Database System with Two Backup Schemes
College of Management Science and Engineering, Nanjing
University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, China; firstname.lastname@example.org.,
2 Department of Marketing and Information System, Aichi Institute of Technology, 1247 Yachigusa, Yakusa-cho, Toyota 470-0392, Japan; email@example.com.
This paper considers two backup schemes for a database system: a database is updated at a nonhomogeneous Poisson process and an amount of updated files accumulates additively. To ensure the safety of data, full backups are performed at time NT or when the total updated files have exceeded a threshold level K, and between them, cumulative backups as one of incremental backups are made at periodic times iT (i = 1,2,...,N - 1). Using the theory of cumulative processes, the expected cost is obtained, and an optimal number N* of cumulative backup and an optimal level K* of updated files which minimize it are analytically discussed. It is shown as examples that optimal number and level are numerically computed when two costs of backup schemes are given.
Key words: Database / full backup / cumulative backup / cumulative process / expected cost.
© EDP Sciences, 2002
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