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Scalable, Secure Associative Database

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Department of Defense
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2014 / SBIR
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Applied Technical Systems Inc.
3505 NW Anderson Hill Rd Suite 200 Silverdale, WA 98383-
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Scalable, Secure Associative Database
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-14-P-1085
Award Amount: $79,975.00


The Associative Model of Data offers a fundamentally different meta-model for data organization than the well-established relational data model. The associative model focuses on Items and Links among items rather than sets of records. We propose to compare and contrast the associative model with two closely related models, the Resource Description Framework (RDF) triple model and the Property Graph model popularized by modern open-source graph databases. By reviewing existing documentation, technical papers and implementations, we seek to identify a feature set appropriate for scaling out to petabyte scales subject to Multi-Level Security constraints. To effectively compare alternative implementations, we propose to establish a benchmark, consisting of both generative data and a collection of representative queries. The primary outcome of our Phase I effort will be an architectural design for a scalable, secure database embracing the associative/graph model of data. This database will be a critical enabling component of a larger data exploitation and analysis framework which will ultimately include natural language processing, information extraction, and large-scale data analysis capabilities.

Principal Investigator:

Kenneth Smith
Chief Scientist, R&D
(703) 546-2929

Business Contact:

Carey Kolb
Vice President, Systems E
(360) 989-3344
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Applied Technical Systems Inc.
3505 NW Anderson Hill Rd Suite 200 Silverdale, WA 98383-

EIN/Tax ID: 911098556
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No