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Title

Performance of load balancing techniques for join operations in shared-nothing database management systems

Authors

Authors

K. A. Hua; W. Tavanapong;Y. L. Lo

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Abbreviated Journal Title

J. Parallel Distrib. Comput.

Keywords

parallel database system; join operation; performance evaluation; load; balancing; sampling; RELATIONAL DATABASES; MULTIPROCESSOR; Computer Science, Theory & Methods

Abstract

We investigate various load balancing approaches for hash-based join techniques popular in multicomputer-based shared-nothing database systems. When the tuples are not uniformly distributed among the hash buckets, redistribution of these buckets among the processors is necessary to maintain good system performance. Two recent load balancing techniques which rely on sampling and incremental balancing, respectively, have been shown to be more robust than conventional methods. The comparison of these two approaches, however, has not been investigated. In this study, we improve these two schemes and implement them along with a conventional method and a standard join technique which does not do load balancing on an nCUBE/2 parallel computer to compare their performance. Our experimental results indicate that the sampling technique is the better approach. To further evaluate the performance of these techniques under diverse hardware conditions, we also develop a cost model and implement a simulator to perform sensitivity analyses with respect to various hardware parameters. The simulation results show that both sampling and incremental techniques provide noticeable savings over conventional methods, with the sampling approach being more scalable in supporting very large database systems. (C) 1999 Academic Press.

Journal Title

Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing

Volume

56

Issue/Number

1

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

17

Last Page

46

WOS Identifier

WOS:000078406900002

ISSN

0743-7315

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