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Hierarchical architecture for parallel query processing on networks of workstations

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2 Author(s)
Boquan Xie ; Centre for Parallel & Distributed Comput., Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; Dandamudi, S.P.

Networks of workstations (NOWs) are cost-effective alternatives to multiprocessor systems. Recently, NOWs have been proposed for parallel query processing. Idle CPU cycles of workstations in a NOW-based system can be used to process database query operations. We report on the performance of the hierarchical architecture for parallel query processing on a NOW. We have implemented the hierarchical architecture using PVM on a Pentium-based NOW. The experimental results reported suggest that the hierarchical architecture is successful in achieving good scale-ups and speedups indicating that the idle processor cycles are effectively used for query processing. The hierarchical system can also handle both light and heavy workloads in a load sharing fashion. Our results also suggest that the performance is sensitive to the minimum fragmentation size (chunk size) for partial operations and the structure of queries

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High Performance Computing, 1998. HIPC '98. 5th International Conference On

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17-20 Dec 1998