Navathe, Shamkant B.

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    The Impact Of Data Placement Strategies On Reorganization Costs In Parallel Databases
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995) Omiecinski, Edward ; Navathe, Shamkant B. ; Achyutuni, Kiran Jyotsna
    In this paper, we study the data placement problem from a reorganization point of view. Effective placement of the declustered fragments of a relation is crucial to the performance of parallel database systems having multiple disks. Given the dynamic nature of database systems, the optimal placement of fragments will change over time and this will necessitate a reorganization in order to maintain the performance of the database system at acceptable levels. This study shows that the choice of a data placement strategy can have a significant impact on the reorganization costs. Up until now, data placement heuristics were designed with the principal purpose of balancing the load. However, this paper shows that such a policy can be beneficial only in the short term. Long term database designs should take reorganization costs into consideration while making design choices.