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9 Working with Local Databases

ICM tables are capable of storing tens of thousands records. However, some problems operate with data sets so large that they do not fit in computer's memory. To work with such large amounts of data ICM uses the concept of Molsoft database (MOLT) files. Unlike many other table file formats, such as SDF, CSV and others, database files are optimized for fast search and other operations, like unique entry addition and diverse subset selection.

Database files do not provide all the functionality available for tables but they allow the user to organize large amounts of data, search data using various advanced criteria and share created data collections with other users. For large amounts of chemical data database files provide specialized chemical functionality.

ICM provides the following database file operations:

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