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A Comparative Study of Different Metric Structures: Thinking on GPU Implementations

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Now-a-days, similarity search is becoming a field of increasing interest because these kinds of methods can be applied to different areas in science and engineering, for instance, pattern recognition, information retrieval, etc. This search is carried out over metric indexes decreasing the number of distance evaluations during the search process, improving the efficiency of this process. However, for real applications, when processing large volumes of data, query response time can be quite high. In this case, it is necessary to apply mechanisms in order to significantly reduce the average query response time. In this sense, the parallelization of the metric structures processing is an interesting field of research. For that purpose, modern GPU/Multi-GPU systems offer a very impressive cost/performance ratio.

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