Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more / Edition 4

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The rapidly increasing volume of information contained in relational databases places a strain on databases, performance, and maintainability: DBAs are under greater pressure than ever to optimize database structure for system performance and administration.

Physical Database Design discusses the concept of how physical structures of databases affect performance, including specific examples, guidelines, and best and worst practices for a variety of DBMSs and configurations. Something as simple as improving the table index design has a profound impact on performance. Every form of relational database, such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Enterprise Resource Management (ERP), Data Mining (DM), or Management Resource Planning (MRP), can be improved using the methods provided in the book.

· The first complete treatment on physical database design, written by the authors of the seminal, Database Modeling and Design: Logical Design, 4th edition.
· Includes an introduction to the major concepts of physical database design as well as detailed examples, using methodologies and tools most popular for relational databases today: Oracle, DB2 (IBM), and SQL Server (Microsoft).
· Focuses on physical database design for exploiting B+tree indexing, clustered indexes, multidimensional clustering (MDC), range partitioning, shared nothing partitioning, shared disk data placement, materialized views, bitmap indexes, automated design tools, and more!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
I highly recommend Physical Database Design by Lightstone, Teorey, and Nadeau. The book covers fine aspects of physical design — issues such as the effects of different approaches to indexes, tradeoffs in materializing views, and details of physical data layout. Unlike other books, it does not focus on a particular product, but instead covers the deep principles that cut across products. The book addresses both transaction intensive applications (OLTP) as well as data warehouses (OLAP). Their new book is a welcome addition to the literature.
—Michael Blaha, OMT Associates, Inc.

This is an excellent book on physical database design, giving pragmatic models and advice. It has a wealth of information for both the student and for the practitioner — presenting analytic models and practical tips that are demonstrated with examples using Oracle, DB2, and Microsoft SQL Server.
—Jim Gray, Microsoft Research

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Meet the Author

Sam Lightstone is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Development Manager with IBM’s DB2 product development team. His work includes numerous topics in autonomic computing and relational database management systems. He is cofounder and leader of DB2’s autonomic computing R&D effort. He is Chair of the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self Managing Database Systems and a member of the IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Autonomous and Autonomic Computing. In 2003 he was elected to the Canadian Technical Excellence Council, the Canadian affiliate of the IBM Academy of Technology. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 25 patents and patents pending; he has published widely on autonomic computing for relational database systems. He has been with IBM since 1991.

Toby J. Teorey is a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was general chair of the 1981 ACM SIGMOD Conference and program chair for the 1991 Entity-Relationship Conference. Professor Teorey’s current research focuses on database design and data warehousing, OLAP, advanced database systems, and performance of computer networks. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.

Tom Nadeau is the founder of Aladdin Software ( and works in the area of data and text mining. He received his B.S. degree in computer science and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His technical interests include data warehousing, OLAP, data mining and machine learning. He won the best paper award at the 2001 IBM CASCON Conference.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Physical Database Design
2 Basic Indexing Methods
3 Query Optimization and Plan Selection
4 Selecting Indexes
5 Selecting Materialized Views
6 Shared-nothing Partitioning
7 Range Partitioning
8 Multidimensional Clustering
9 The Interdependence Problem
10 Counting and Data Sampling in Physical Design Exploration
11 Query Execution Plans and Physical Design
12 Automated Physical Database Design
13 Down to the Metal: Server Resources and Topology
14 Physical Design for Decision Support, Warehousing, and OLAP
15 Denormalization
16 Distributed Data Allocation
Appendix A A Simple Performance Model for Databases
Appendix B Technical Comparison of DB2 HADR with Oracle Data Guard for Database Disaster Recovery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

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    A remarkably practical and important book. No other book like it. Most books on database design only cover entity relationships and simple indexing but do not discuss the major issues in database design that that DBAs really need to understand - that's where this book comes in. Indexes, range partitioning, data clustering, materialized views, data warehousing and OLAP design, denormalization, and how to use sampling and counting in database design. Wow! I wish this book has been around long ago. Some things I particularly liked: 1. Examples and syntax from each of Oracle, DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, and even the occasional example from Informix Data Server and Teradata 2. Most chapters end with a section entitled 'Tips and insights for databases professionals'. This section summarizes very concisely the main practical points that database designers should keep in mind as they apply the concepts described in the chapter. 3. Straight forward explanations of ¿why¿ each design aspect is valuable and important, either in terms of improving database efficiency 'processing speed' or simplifying administration. 4. Chapter 12 provides an excellent discussion on the wizards and advisors for automated database design by each of Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server. There¿s a really thorough discussion of the capabilities of the utilities, as well as an interesting literature review on the theory behind them. Lots of screen shots! Based on the text on page 231 it seems that all three companies allowed their engineering teams to collaborate to provide the information for the book. I don¿t think I¿ve seen anything like it ¿ an impressive head to head comparison of technology based on information provided to the book authors directly from the three competing R&D teams. I strongly recommended this book.

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