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P4DB - The Case for In-Network OLTP

Matthias Jasny; Lasse Thostrup; Tobias Ziegler; Carsten Binnig
In: Zachary G. Ives; Angela Bonifati; Amr El Abbadi (Hrsg.). SIGMOD '22: International Conference on Management of Data. ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD-2022), June 12-17, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Pages 1375-1389, ACM, 2022.


In this paper we present a new approach for distributed DBMSs called P4DB, that uses a programmable switch to accelerate OLTP workloads. The main idea of P4DB is that it implements a transaction processing engine on top of a P4-programmable switch. The switch can thus act as an accelerator in the network, especially when it is used to store and process hot (contended) tuples on the switch. In our experiments, we show that P4DB hence provides significant benefits compared to traditional DBMS architectures and can achieve a speedup of up to 8x.

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