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Making Deletions Fast, by Avoiding Disk Seeks

In my last post, I discussed how fractal tree data structures can be up to two orders of magnitude faster on deletions over B-trees. I focused on the deletions where the row entry is known …

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Disk Seeks are Evil, so Let’s Avoid Them, Part 1

Disk seeks are expensive. Typically, a disk can perform no more than a few hundred seeks per second. So, any database operation that induces a disk seek is going to be slow, perhaps unacceptably slow. …

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Hot Column Addition and Deletion Part II: How it works

Hot Column Addition and Deletion (HCAD) In the previous HCAD post, I described HCAD and showed that it can reduce the downtime of column addition (or deletion) from 18 hours to 3 seconds. In fact, …

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