Orestis Polychroniou

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Analytical databases are continuously adapting to the underlying hardware in order to saturate all sources of parallelism. At the same time, hardware evolves in multiple directions to explore different trade-offs. The MIC architecture, one such example, strays from the mainstream CPU design by packing a larger number of simpler cores per chip, relying on(More)
Network communication is the slowest component of many operators in distributed parallel databases deployed for large-scale analytics. Whereas considerable work has focused on speeding up databases on modern hardware, communication reduction has received less attention. Existing parallel DBMSs rely on algorithms designed for disks with minor modifications(More)
The increasing main-memory capacity has allowed query execution to occur primarily in main memory. Database systems employ compression, not only to fit the data in main memory, but also to address the memory bandwidth bottleneck. Lightweight compression schemes focus on efficiency over compression rate and allow query operators to process the data in(More)
Analytical database systems can achieve high throughput main-memory query execution by being aware of the dynamics of highly-parallel modern hardware. Such systems rely on partitioning to cluster or divide data into smaller pieces and thus achieve better parallelism and memory locality. This paper considers a comprehensive collection of variants of(More)
Heavy hitters are data items that occur at high frequency in a data set. They are among the most important items for an organization to summarize and understand during analytical processing. In data sets with sufficient skew, the number of heavy hitters can be relatively small. We take advantage of this small footprint to compute aggregate functions for the(More)
Analytics are at the core of many business intelligence tasks. Efficient query execution is facilitated by advanced hardware features, such as multi-core parallelism, shared-nothing low-latency caches, and SIMD vector instructions. Only recently, the SIMD capabilities of mainstream hardware have been augmented with wider vectors and non-contiguous loads(More)
Data partitioning is a critical operation for manipulating large datasets because it subdivides tasks into pieces that are more amenable to efficient processing. It is often the limiting factor in database performance and represents a significant fraction of the overall runtime of large data queries. This article measures the performance and energy of(More)
String processing tasks are common in analytical queries powering business intelligence. Besides substring matching, provided in SQL by the like operator, popular DBMSs also support regular expressions as selective filters. Substring matching can be optimized by using specialized SIMD instructions on mainstream CPUs, reaching the performance of numeric(More)
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