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Proceedings 15th International Conference on Data Engineering (Cat. No.99CB36337) (1999)
Sydney, Australia
Mar. 23, 1999 to Mar. 26, 1999
ISSN: 1063-6382
ISBN: 0-7695-0071-4
pp: 257
Jochen van den Bercken , Universitaet Marburg and ETH-Zentrum
Bernhard Seeger , Universitaet Marburg and ETH-Zentrum
Peter Widmayer , Universitaet Marburg and ETH-Zentrum
Efficient join algorithms have been developed for processing different types of non-equijoins like spatial join, band join, temporal join or similarity join. Each of these algorithms is tailor-cut for a specific type of join, and a generalization of these algorithms to other join types is not obvious. We present an efficient algorithm called bulk index join that can be easily applied to a broad class of non-equijoins. Similar to the well-known index nested-loops join algorithm, the bulk index join probes the records of the outer relation against the inner relation by using a preexisting tree-based index structure. In order to support the index lookups efficiently, the nodes of the tree are visited in a top-down fashion. For each node, all of its assigned queries are distributed among its qualifying child nodes in bulk. The implementation of our algorithm only requires a small set of routines generally available in tree-based index structures. In our experiments, the so-called band join serves as an example. It is shown that probing in bulk reduces the I/O cost of the index nested-loops join up to two orders of magnitude.

J. van den Bercken, B. Seeger and P. Widmayer, "The Bulk Index Join: A Generic Approach to Processing Non-Equijoins," Proceedings 15th International Conference on Data Engineering (Cat. No.99CB36337)(ICDE), Sydney, Australia, 1999, pp. 257.
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