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Adaptive NUMA-aware data placement and task scheduling for analytical workloads in main-memory column-stores

Non-uniform memory access (NUMA) architectures pose numerous performance challenges for main-memory column-stores in scaling up analytics on modern multi-socket multi-core servers. A NUMA-aware execution engine needs a strategy for data placement and task scheduling that prefers fast local memory accesses over remote memory accesses, and avoids an imbalance of resource utilization, both CPU and memory bandwidth, across sockets. State-of-the-art systems typically use a static strategy that always partitions data across sockets, and always allows inter-socket task stealing. In this paper, we show that adapting data placement and task stealing to the workload can improve throughput by up to a factor of 4 compared to a static approach. We focus on highly concurrent workloads dominated by operators working on a single table or table group (copartitioned tables). Our adaptive data placement algorithm tracks the resource utilization of tasks, partitions of tables and table groups, and sockets. When a utilization imbalance across sockets is detected, the algorithm corrects it by moving or repartitioning tables. Also, inter-socket task stealing is dynamically disabled for memory-intensive tasks that could otherwise hurt performance.


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