Application areas beyond (simple) administrative tasks are dominated by custom built solutions. Tasks like multimedia analysis require a view on data different from that offered by most database management systems: the set based data model may no longer suffice.
To address this issue we introduce RAM: a multidimensional array database system. The concept of an array database system is not new, however our approach differs from earlier work in that we realize this new view on data by mapping it onto a traditional relational schema. This approach unites the strengths of existing database systems with the added benefits of bulk array processing.