Abstract Dramatic increases in the main-memory size of computers is allowing some applications to shift their main data storage area from disk to main memory and, as a result, increase their performance. This trend is at work in some databases, resulting in what is called memory-resident databases. However, because of the increasing gap between processor and main memory speed, in these systems, effective use of the cache hierarchy is crucial to high performance. Unfortunately, there has been relatively little work on building cache-friendly database systems
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