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Type Dissertation
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Federated SPARQL Query Processing Reconciling Diversity, Flexibility and Performance on the Web of Data
Organization Unit
  • Cosmin Basca
  • Abraham Bernstein
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Faculty Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology
Number of Pages 148
Date 2015
Date Annual Report 2015
Abstract Text Querying the ever-growing Web of Data poses a significant challenge in today’s Semantic Web. The complete lack of any centralised control leads to potentially arbitrary data distribution, high variability of latency between hosts participating in query answering, and, in the extreme, even the (sudden) unavailability of some hosts during query execution. In this thesis we address the question of how to efficiently query the Web of Data while taking into account its scale, diversity and unreliable and uncontrollable nature. We begin by first introducing Avalanche, a federated SPARQL engine which: 1) makes no assumptions about RDF data distribution to SPARQL endpoints, 2) is adaptive to changing network conditions, i.e, can adapt to slow network connections or endpoint unavailability, 3) retrieves up-to-date results from SPARQL endpoints, and 4) is flexible by making limiting assumptions about the structure of participating triple stores. Tailored to address the semantic heterogeneity derived from the Web of Data’s rich and broad semantic diversity, coupled with its characteristic lack of guarantees, Avalanche employs a fragmented query planning approach, under a concurrent and parallel execution model. By fragmented execution, we refer to the fact that the original SPARQL query is rewritten as the union of all fragments which comprise it. A query fragment is defined as the conjunction of all query triple patterns, where a triple pattern can be resolved by only one endpoint. As the Web of Data continues to grow, we postulate that so is the likelihood that large numbers of endpoints will index data, sharing the same vocabularies, thus forming semantically homogenous partitions of the Semantic Web. Focusing on this scenario and in order to address some of Avalanche’s limitations, we introduce x-Avalanche an extension of our original system. Here, we add support for disjunctions by using a distributed union operator capable of scaling to hundreds or thousands of endpoints. Furthermore, we enhance the distributed state management with: a) remote caches aimed to reduce the high latency typical of SPARQL endpoints, b) multicast parallel bind-joins exploiting the SPARQL 1.1 VALUES clause, and c) proxy based execution of x-Avalanche operators. Finally, in x-Avalanche, we introduce a novel and parallel-friendly optimisation paradigm designed not only to offer an optimal tradeoff between total query execution time and fast first results, but also to consider an extended planning space unexplored so far, thus taking the fragmented execution model first introduced in Avalanche to its logical conclusion. Combined, x-Avalanche’s enhancements and optimisations can lead to dramatic performance improvements over top performing state of the art federated SPARQL engines. To conclude, our results show that on average x-Avalanche can be more than one order of magnitude faster when executing SPARQL queries.
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