A database management system (DBMS) organized around groups of records that share a common field value. Multidimensional databases are often generated from relational databases. Whereas relational databases make it easy to work with individual records, multidimensional databases are designed for analyzing large groups of records.
Raster Data Management research project Contains details on a project that focuses on comprehensive DBMS support for
raster data of arbitrary size and dimension over arbitrary base types, so-called Multidimensional Discrete Data (MDD).