Please note: This master’s thesis presentation will be given online.
Pranjal Gupta, Master’s candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
Column-oriented RDBMSs, which support traditional read-heavy analytics workloads, employ a specific set of storage and query processing techniques for scalability and performance, such as positional tuple IDs, column-specific compression, and block-oriented processing. We revisit these techniques in the context of contemporary graph database management systems (GDBMSs). GDBMSs support a new set of analytics workloads, such as fraud detection in financial transaction networks or recommendations in social networks, that are also read-heavy but have fundamentally different access patterns than traditional analytics workloads. We first review the data characteristics and query access patterns in GDBMS to identify components of GDBMSs where existing columnar techniques can and cannot directly be used. We then present the physical data layout of columnar data structures, new columnar compression, and query-processing techniques that are optimized for GDBMSs. Our techniques include a new compact vertex and edge ID scheme, a new null and empty list compression scheme based on prefix-sums, and list-based query processing. We have integrated our techniques into GraphflowDB, an in-memory GDBMS.
Compared to uncompressed storage, our compression techniques have scaled the system by 3.55x with minimal performance overheads. Our null compression scheme outperforms existing columnar schemes in query performance, with minor loss in compression rate and achieves both higher compression rate and better query performance as compared to row-oriented storage techniques adopted by existing GDBMSs. Finally, our list-based query processor techniques improve query performance by 2.7x on a variety of path queries and significantly outperform their corresponding conventional versions.
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