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A parallel hash join algorithm for managing data skew

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4 Author(s)
J. L. Wolf ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; P. S. Yu ; J. Turek ; D. M. Dias

Presents a parallel hash join algorithm that is based on the concept of hierarchical hashing, to address the problem of data skew. The proposed algorithm splits the usual hash phase into a hash phase and an explicit transfer phase, and adds an extra scheduling phase between these two. During the scheduling phase, a heuristic optimization algorithm, using the output of the hash phase, attempts to balance the load across the multiple processors in the subsequent join phase. The algorithm naturally identifies the hash partitions with the largest skew values and splits them as necessary, assigning each of them to an optimal number of processors. Assuming for concreteness a Zipf-like distribution of the values in the join column, a join phase which is CPU-bound, and a shared nothing environment, the algorithm is shown to achieve good join phase load balancing, and to be robust relative to the degree of data skew and the total number of processors. The overall speedup due to this algorithm is compared to some existing parallel hash join methods. The proposed method does considerably better in high skew situations

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IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 12 )