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Towards Energy-Efficient Database Cluster Design

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Energy is a growing component of the operational cost for many "Big data" deployments, and hence has become increasingly important for practitioners of large-scale data analysis who require scale-out clusters or parallel DBMS appliances. Although a number of recent studies have investigated the energy efficiency of DBMSs, none of these studies have looked at the architectural design space of energy-efficient parallel DBMS clusters. There are many challenges to increasing the energy efficiency of a DBMS cluster, including dealing with the inherent scaling inefficiency of parallel data processing, and choosing the appropriate energy-efficient hardware. In this paper, the authors experimentally examine and analyze a number of key parameters related to these challenges for designing energy-efficient database clusters.

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