Workload aware indexing of continuously moving objects

Kostas Tzoumas, Man Lung Yiu, Christian S. Jensen

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The increased deployment of sensors and data communication networks yields data management workloads with update loads that are intense, skewed, and highly bursty. Query loads resulting from location-based services are expected to exhibit similar characteristics. In such environments, index structures can easily become performance bottlenecks. We address the need for indexing that is adaptive to the workload characteristics, called workload-aware, in order to cover the space in between maintaining an accurate index, and having no index at all. Our proposal, QU-Trade, extends R-tree type indexing and achieves workload-awareness by controlling the underlying index's filtering quality. QU-Trade safely drops index updates, increasing the overlap in the index when the workload is update-intensive, and it restores the filtering capabilities of the index when the workload becomes query-intensive. This is done in a non-uniform way in space so that the quality of the index remains high in frequently queried regions, while it deteriorates in frequently updated regions. The adaptation occurs online, without the need for a learning phase. We apply QU-Trade to the R-tree and the TPR-tree, and we offer analytical and empirical studies. In the presence of substantial workload skew, QU-Trade can achieve index update costs close to zero and can also achieve virtually the same query cost as the underlying index.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1186-1197
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the VLDB Endowment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science(all)


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