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Guest editorial The VLDB Journal (2000) 9: 175–176 This special issue arises from the Twenty-Fifth International tems. It will increase the demand for high-performance data Conference on Very Large Databases, held in Edinburgh, Scot- management, while rising consumer intolerance of failures land, 7–10 September 1999. The papers in this special edition and delays will require improved reliability and more pre- were selected by the VLDB’99 programme committees, as the dictable performance. This in turn will be built on careful best papers from the 51 papers presented in Edinburgh. These database engineering at the core of the systems. Perhaps its had previously been selected from approximately 390 sub- trade-offs will change as the complexity rises, as the high- missions. The programme committees were unable to whittle level abstractions impose structure, and as equipment param- down the selection of papers to the customary five, but were eters continue to change rapidly. The requirement for research happy to agree unanimously on the six that appear in this is- to improve database engineering will certainly not diminish sue. Their authors were then invited to prepare fuller papers, in the near future. substantially extending the work previously reported. These The selected best papers primarily contribute to The VLDB Journal Springer Journals

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