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Volume 16, No. 9

TiQuE: Improving the Transactional Performance of Analytical Systems for True Hybrid Workloads

Nuno Faria, José Pereira, Ana Nunes Alonso, Ricardo Vilaça, Yunus Koning, Niels Nes


Transactions have been a key issue in database management for a long time and there are a plethora of architectures and algorithms to support and implement them. The current state-of-the-art is focused on storage management and is tightly coupled with its design, leading, for instance, to the need for completely new engines to support new features such as Hybrid Transactional Analytical Processing (HTAP). We address this challenge with a proposal to implement transactional logic in a query language such as SQL. This means that our approach can be layered on existing analytical systems but that the retrieval of a transactional snapshot and the validation of update transactions runs in the server and can take advantage of advanced query execution capabilities of an optimizing query engine. We demonstrate our proposal, TiQuE, on MonetDB and obtain an average 500× improvement in transactional through-put while retaining good performance on analytical queries, making it competitive with the state-of-the-art HTAP systems.

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