Data Management

Fast and Dynamic OLAP Exploration Using UDFs

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Executive Summary

OLAP is a set of database exploratory techniques to efficiently retrieve multiple sets of aggregations from a large dataset. Generally, these techniques have either involved the use of an external OLAP server or required the dataset to be exported to a specialized OLAP tool for more efficient processing. In this paper, the authors show that OLAP techniques can be performed within a modern DBMS without external servers or the exporting of datasets, using standard SQL queries and UDFs. The main challenge of such approach is that SQL and UDFs are not as flexible as the C language to explore the OLAP lattice and therefore it is more difficult to develop optimizations.

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