FCCM 2013
Conference paper

Accelerating join operation for relational databases with FPGAs

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In this paper, we investigate the use of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to accelerate relational joins. Relational join is one of the most CPU-intensive, yet commonly used, database operations. Hashing can be used to reduce the time complexity from quadratic (naïve) to linear time. However, doing so can introduce false positives to the results which must be resolved. We present a hash-join engine on FPGA that performs hashing, conflict resolution, and joining on a PCIe-attached system, achieving greater than 11x speedup over software. © 2013 IEEE.