Flash SSDs have many advantages over the existing hard disks such as energy efficiency, shock resistance, and high I/O throughput. For these reasons, in combination with the emergence of innovative technologies such as 3D-NAND and V-NAND for cheaper cost-per-byte, flash SSDs have been rapidly replacing hard disks in many areas. However, the existing database engines, which have been developed mainly assuming hard disks as the storage, could not fully exploit the characteristics of flash SSDs (e.g. internal parallelism). In this paper, in order to utilize the internal parallelism intrinsic to modern flash SSDs for faster query processing, we implemented a prefetching method using asynchronous input/output as a new functionality for secondary index scans in MySQL InnoDB engine. Compared to the original InnoDB engine, the proposed prefetching-based scan scheme shows three-fold higher performance in the case of 16KB-page sizes, and about 4.2-fold higher performance in the case of 4KB-page sizes
Database consistency and recoverability require guaranteeing write atomicity for one or more pages. However, contemporary database systems consider write operations nonatomic. Thus, many database storage engines have traditionally relied on either journaling or copy-on-write approaches for atomic propagation of updated pages to the storage. This reliance achieves write atomicity at the cost of various write amplifications such as redundant writes, treewandering, and compaction. This write amplification results in reduced performance and, for flash storage, accelerates device wear-out.
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Given its pervasive use in smart mobile platforms, there is a compelling need to optimize the performance of sluggish SQLite databases. Popular mobile applications such as messenger, email and social network services rely on SQLite for their data management need. Those mobile applications tend to execute relatively short transactions in the autocommit mode for transactional consistency in databases. SQLite-PPL Paper (214 downloads)