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Energy Efficiency in Main Memory Databases (Stefan Noll)


Energy Efficiency in Main Memory Databases


Master's Thesis


Stefan Noll


As the operating costs of today's data centres continue to increase and processor manufacturers are forced to meet thermal design power constraints when designing new hardware, the energy efficiency of a main memory database management system becomes more and more important. In this thesis, we experimentally study the impact of reducing the clock frequency of the processor and the impact of using fewer processor cores on the energy efficiency of common database algorithms such as scans, simple aggregations, simple hash joins and state-of-the-art join algorithms. We stress the fundamental trade-off between peak performance and energy efficiency, as opposed to the established race-to-idle strategy. Ultimately, we show that reducing unused computing power significantly improves the energy efficiency of memory-bound database algorithms.

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