Oracle Database, as of 10g Release 2, uses bloom filters in various situations. Unfortunately, no information about their usage is available in Oracle documentation. For this reason, I decided to write a paper to explain not only what bloom filters are, but also, and foremost, to describe how Oracle Database makes use of them. Specifically, to explain how the database engine uses bloom filters to reduce data communication between slave processes in parallel joins and to implement join-filter pruning.
Originally, I wrote this paper for the IOUG Select Journal. Even if I wrote it last June, I wanted to receive the printed copies before putting it online. Today a packet with five copies of the Q4/2008 issue and a polo shirt arrived… Hence, it is now available online as well.
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