DIMACS 1997-1999 Special Year on Massive Data Sets: Overview

The emergence of the computer as an essential tool in scientific research and as an essential ingredient in commercial systems has led to the emergence of massive amounts of data of critical importance for a broad variety of applications, including (but certainly not limited to) astrophysical models, genetic sequencing, geographic information systems, ecological models, weather prediction, telecommunications applications, commercial digital video and audio, digital libraries, government information systems, and biological models for medical applications.

Researchers in all of these applications currently face amounts of data in the terabyte range (with data sets in the petabyte range possible in the foreseeable future) and face daunting computational problems in organizing and extracting useful information from these massive data sets.

This special year will seek to stimulate new research on addressing these problems. Our goals are to:

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