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1999 Technical Reports

A Survey of Query Optimization in Parallel Databases

Max Kremer and Jarek Gryz

Technical Report CS-1999-04

York University

November 1, 1999


There has been much research into parallel database query processing. In this paper, we focus on several techniques for query optimization in shared-nothing parallel database systems. We examine several methods of searching for optimal query execution plans, cost models, and processor allocation algorithms. We also review static and dynamic load balancing techniques.

A survey of the proposed methods reveals their pros and cons. Taking advantage of strengths and eliminating weaknesses is the goal in implementing an algorithm. We describe a design method which fits each algorithm to the environment it is best suited for.

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