Database management is considered as an application of optical array logic. To generalize the problem, a systematic procedure for massively parallel data processing that consists of pattern expansion, template matching, magnitude comparison, and sorting is presented. With this procedure, a method for implementing basic operations for relational database models is developed. Basic operations are described by parallel programs in optical array logic. Developed programs are evaluated by their performance. To improve the performance, the development of specialized optical functional modules is needed.
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