Query Optimization

Prof. Dr. Thomas Neumann

Bernhard Radke, M.Sc


Query optimization is addressed shortly in Database Systems, this lecture looks at a broader topic of optimization techniques. It concentrates on the central issues like join ordering and access path selections, but gives an overview of the whole query processing machinery. The main goals of the lecture are twofold: First, to learn different optimization techniques, which are also relevant in other areas. And second, to get an understanding how queries are processed and why queries are fast or slow.

Note: This lecture will not be offered in winter term 2019/20! It will be offered next in WS 2020/21.


Unnesting Arbitrary Queries


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You can work on exercises in teams of two students. Specify names of both participants when submitting

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