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Parallel hierarchical evaluation of transitive closure queries

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3 Author(s)
Houtsma, M.A.W. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Twente Univ., Enschede, Netherlands ; Cacace, F. ; Ceri, S.

Presents a new approach to parallel computation of transitive closure queries using a semantic data fragmentation. Tuples of a large base relation denote edges in a graph, which models a transportation network. A fragmentation algorithm is proposed which produces a partitioning of the base relation into several fragments such that any fragment corresponds to a subgraph. One fragment, called high-speed fragment, collects all edges which guarantee maximum speed. Thus, the fragmentation algorithm induces a hierarchical relationship between the high-speed fragment and all other fragments. With this fragmentation, any query about paths connecting two nodes can be answered by using just the fragments in which nodes are located and the high-speed fragment. In general, if each fragment is managed by a distinguished processor, then the query can be answered by three processors working in parallel. This schema can be applied recursively to generate an arbitrary number of hierarchical levels

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Parallel and Distributed Information Systems, 1991., Proceedings of the First International Conference on

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4-6 Dec 1991