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CS 672 — Implementation of Database Systems
(dt. Implementierung von Datenbanksystemen)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral examination (individual examination) or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Computer Science.
Subject, Origin Computer Science, M.Sc. Computer Science
One semester,
once every year or zweijährlich im Wintersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Bernhard Seeger


  • Architecture of database systems
  • File organization and access structures
  • One-dimensional index structures: B-trees and hash methods
  • Multidimensional index structures
  • Index Structures in Database Systems
  • Lock protcols and recovery for index structures
  • Algorithms for database operators
  • Query optimization
  • Physical optimization of databases
  • New developments in database systems

Qualification Goals


  • can evaluate the performance of database systems,
  • know techniques for developing efficient data structures and algorithms in database systems,
  • can evaluate external data structures with regard to runtime, storage space and throughput,
  • can handle index structures in commercial database systems,
  • have knowledge about optimization techniques of queries and their availability in commercial systems,
  • have insights into the architectures of modern database systems.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: either Algorithms and Data Structures or Practical Informatics II: Data Structures and Algorithms for Pre-Service-Teachers, Database Systems.

Recommended Reading

  • Kemper, Eickler: Datenbanksysteme, Oldenbourg.
  • Härder, Rahm: Datenbanksysteme. Konzepte und Techniken der
  • Implementierung, Springer.
  • Saake, Heuer, Sattler: Datenbanken: Implementierungstechniken, Mitp.
  • Garcia-Molina, Ullman, Widom: Database System Implementation, Prentice Hall.

Please note:

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