Adaptive and Automated Index Selection in Relational DBMS
Frank, Martin Robert
Omiecinski, Edward Robert
Navathe, Shamkant B.
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We present a novel approach for a tool that assists the database administrator in designing an index configuration for a relational database system. A new methodology for collecting usage statistics at run time is developed which lets the optimizer estimate query execution costs for alternative index configurations. Defining the workload specification required by existing index design tools may be very complex for a large integrated database system. Our tool automatically derives the workload statistics. These statistics are then used to efficiently compute an index configuration. Execution of a prototype of the tool against a sample database demonstrates that the proposed index configuration is reasonably close to the optimum for test query sets.