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Interest in incremental and adaptive query processing has led to the investigation of equijoin evaluation algorithms that are non-blocking. This investigation has yielded a number of algorithms, including the symmetric hash join, the XJoin, the Ripple Join, and their variants. However, to the knowledge no one has proposed a non-blocking spatial join algorithm. In this paper, the authors propose a parallel non-blocking spatial join algorithm that uses duplicate avoidance rather than duplicate elimination. Results from a prototype implementation in a commercial parallel object-relational DBMS show that it generates answer tuples steadily even in the presence of memory overflow, and that its rate of producing answer tuples scales with the number of processors.
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