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Apache Calcite: One Front-end to Rule Them All

Michael Mior
September 25, 2018

Apache Calcite: One Front-end to Rule Them All

Colloquium talk for the CS Department at RIT

Michael Mior

September 25, 2018

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  1. Overview • What is Apache Calcite? • Calcite components •

    Streaming SQL • Next steps and contributing to Calcite
  2. What is Apache Calcite? • An ANSI-compliant SQL parser •

    A logical query optimizer • A heterogenous data processing framework
  3. Origins 2004 LucidEra and SQLstream were each building SQL systems

    2012 Code pared down and entered the ASF incubator 2015 Graduated from incubator 2016 I joined the Calcite project as a committer 2017 Joined the PMC and was voted as chair 2018 Paper presented at SIGMOD
  4. Powered by Calcite • Many open source projects (Apache Hive,

    Apache Drill, Apache Phoenix, Lingual, …) • Commercial products (MapD, Dremio, Qubole, …) • Contributors from Huawei, Uber, Intel, Salesforce, …
  5. Calcite Architecture JDBC Client JDBC Server SQL Parser Optimizer 3rd

    party data Pluggable Metadata Adapters Pluggable Rules 3rd party data
  6. Optimizer • Operates on relational algebra by matching rules •

    Calcite contains 100+ rewrite rules • Currently working on validating these using Cosette • Optimization is cost-based • “Calling convention” allows optimization across backends
  7. Example rules • Join order transposition • Transpose different operators

    (e.g. project before join) • Merge adjacent operators • Materialized view query rewriting
  8. Optimizer • Based on the Volcano optimizer generator ◦ Logical

    operators are functions (e.g. join) ◦ Physical operators implement logical operators ◦ Physical properties are attributes of the data (e.g. sorting, partitioning) • Start with logical expressions and physical properties • Optimization produces a plan with only physical operators
  9. Relational Algebra and Streaming • Scan • Filter • Project

    • Join • Sort • Aggregate • Union • Values • Delta (relation to stream) • Chi (stream to relation)
  10. Adapters • Connect to different backends (not just relational) •

    Only required operation is a table scan • Allow push down of filter, sort, etc. • Calcite implements remaining operators
  11. • Calling convention allows Calcite to separate backend-specific operators and

    generic implementations • Any relational algebra operator can be pushed down • Operator push down simply requires a new optimizer rule Adapters
  12. Conventions 1. Plans start as logical nodes 3. Fire rules

    to propagate conventions to other nodes 2. Assign each Scan its table’s native convention 4. The best plan may use an engine not tied to any native format Join Filter Scan Scan Scan Join Join Filter Scan Scan Scan Join Scan Scan Scan Join Filter Join Join Filter Scan Scan Scan Join
  13. Conventions • Conventions are a uniform representation of hybrid queries

    • Physical property of nodes (like ordering, distribution) • Adapter = Schema factory + Convention + Rules to convert to a convention Join Filter Scan Scan Scan Join
  14. • Column store database • Uses tables partitioned across servers

    and clustered • Supports limited filtering and sorting Apache Cassandra Adapter
  15. Query example CREATE TABLE playlists (id uuid, song_order int, song_id

    uuid, title text, artist text, PRIMARY KEY (id, song_order)); SELECT title FROM playlists WHERE id=62c36092-82a1-3a00-93d1-46196ee77204 AND artist='Relient K' ORDER BY song_order;
  16. SELECT * FROM playlists; Query example Sort Scan Project Filter

    • Start with a table scan • Remaining operations performed by Calcite
  17. SELECT * FROM playlists WHERE id=62c36092-82a1-3a00-93d1-46196ee77204; Query example Sort Scan

    Project Filter Filter • Push the filter on the partition key to Cassandra • The remaining filter is performed by Calcite
  18. SELECT * FROM playlists WHERE id=62c36092-82a1-3a00-93d1-46196ee77204 ORDER BY song_order; Query

    example Filter Scan Project Filter Sort • Push the ordering to Cassandra • This uses the table’s clustering key
  19. SELECT title, album FROM playlists WHERE id=62c36092-82a1-3a00-93d1-46196ee77204 ORDER BY song_order;

    Query example Scan Filter Filter Sort Project Project • Push down the project of necessary fields • This is the query sent to Cassandra • Only the filter and project are done by Calcite
  20. • Materialized view maintenance • View-based query rewriting • Full

    SQL support • Join with other data sources What we get for free
  21. • All data must be modeled as relations • Easy

    for relational databases • Also relatively easy for many wide column stores • What about document stores? Data representation
  22. Semistructured Data • Columns can have complex types (e.g. arrays

    and maps) • Add UNNEST operator to relational algebra • New rules can be added to optimize these queries name age pets Sally 29 [{name: Fido, type: Dog}, {name: Jack, type: Cat}] name age pets Sally 29 {name: Fido, type: Dog} Sally 29 {name: Jack, type: Cat}
  23. MongoDB Adapter _MAP { _id : 02401, city : BROCKTON,

    loc : [ -71.03434799999999, 42.081571 ], pop : 59498, state : MA } { _id : 06902, city : STAMFORD, loc : [ -73.53742800000001, 41.052552 ], pop : 54605, state : CT } • Use one column with the whole document • Unnest attributes as needed • This is very messy, but we have no schema to work with
  24. MongoDB Adapter id city latitude longitude population state 02401 BROCKTON

    -71.034348 42.081571 59498 MA 06902 STAMFORD -73.537428 41.052552 54605 CT • Views to the rescue! • Users of adapters can define structured views over semistructured data (or do this lazily! See Apache Drill)
  25. MySQL Splunk join Key: productId group Key: productName Agg: count

    filter Condition: action = 'purchase' sort Key: c desc scan scan Table: products Table: splunk SELECT p.productName, COUNT(*) AS c FROM splunk.splunk AS s JOIN mysql.products AS p ON s.productId = p.productId WHERE s.action = 'purchase' GROUP BY p.productName ORDER BY c DESC FilterIntoJoin
  26. MySQL Splunk group Key: productName Agg: count sort Key: c

    desc FilterIntoJoin join Key: productId filter Condition: action = 'purchase' scan scan Table: splunk Table: products SELECT p.productName, COUNT(*) AS c FROM splunk.splunk AS s JOIN mysql.products AS p ON s.productId = p.productId WHERE s.action = 'purchase' GROUP BY p.productName ORDER BY c DESC
  27. Streaming Data • Calcite supports multiple windowing algorithms (e.g. tumbling,

    sliding, hopping) • Streaming queries can be combined with tables • Streaming queries can be optimized using the same rules along with new rules specifically for streaming queries
  28. Streaming Data • Relations can be used both as streams

    and tables • Calcite is a reference implementation for streaming SQL (still being standardized) SELECT STREAM * FROM Orders AS o WHERE units > (SELECT AVG(units) FROM Orders AS h WHERE h.productId = o.productId AND h.rowtime > o.rowtime - INTERVAL ‘1’ YEAR)
  29. Windowing Tumbling window Hopping window Session window SELECT STREAM …

  30. My Use Case • Perform view-based query rewriting to provide

    a logical model over a denormalized data store • Denormalized tables are views over (non-materialized) logical tables • Queries can be rewritten from logical tables to the most cost-efficient choice of materialized views
  31. Use Cases • Parsing and validating SQL (not so easy)

    • Adding a relational front end to an existing system • Prototyping new query processing algorithms • Integrating data from multiple backends • Allowing RDBMS tools to work with non-relational DBs
  32. Calcite Project Future Work • Geospatial queries • Processing scientific

    data formats • Sharing data in-memory between backends • Additional query execution engines
  33. My Future Work • Better cost modeling • Query-based data

    source selection • Cost-based database system selection
  34. Contributing to Apache Calcite • Pick an existing issue or

    file a new one and start coding! • Mailing list is generally very active • New committers and PMC members regularly added • Many opportunities for projects at various scales
  35. Additional areas for contribution • Testing (SQL is hard!) •

    Incorporating state-of-the-art in DB research • Access control across multiple systems • Adapters for new classes of database (eg. array DBs) • Implement missing SQL features (e.g. set operations) …
  36. Thanks to • Edmon Begoli, Oak Ridge National Laboratory •

    Jesús Camacho-Rodríguez, Hortonworks • Julian Hyde, Hortonworks • Daniel Lemire, Université du Québec (TÉLUQ) • All other Calcite contributors!