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A performance evaluation of load balancing techniques for join operations on multicomputer database systems

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3 Author(s)
Hua, K.A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Central Florida Univ., Orlando, FL, USA ; Tavanapong, W. ; Young, H.C.

There has been a wealth of research in the area of parallel join algorithms. Among them, hash-based algorithms are particularly suitable for shared-nothing database systems. The effectiveness of these techniques depends on the uniformity in the distribution of the join attribute values. When this condition is not met, a severe fluctuation may occur among the bucket sizes, causing uneven workload for the processing nodes. Many parallel join algorithms with load balancing capability have been proposed to address this problem. Among them, the sampling and incremental approaches have been shown to provide an improvement over the more conventional methods. The comparison between these two approaches, however, has not been investigated. In this paper, we improve these techniques and implement them on an nCUBE/2 parallel computer to compare their performance. Our study indicates that the sampling technique is the better approach

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Data Engineering, 1995. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on

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6-10 Mar 1995