This paper analyzes the performance of concurrent (index) scan operations in both record (NSM/PAX) and column (DSM) disk storage models and shows that existing scheduling policies do not fully exploit data-sharing opportunities and therefore result in poor disk bandwidth utilization. We propose the "Cooperative Scans" framework that enhances performance in such scenarios by improving data-sharing between concurrent scans. It performs dynamic scheduling of queries and their data requests, taking into account the current system situation. We first present results on top of an NSM/PAX storage layout, showing that it achieves significant performance improvements over traditional policies in terms of both the number of I/Os and overall execution time, as well as latency of individual queries. We provide benchmarks with varying system parameters, data sizes and query loads to confirm the improvement occurs in a wide range of scenarios. Then we extend our proposal to a more complicated DSM scenario, discussing numerous problems related to the two-dimensional nature of disk scheduling in column stores.

Ambient Multimedia Databases
International Conference on Very Large Data Bases
Database Architectures

Zukowski, M, Héman, S, Nes, N.J, & Boncz, P.A. (2007). Cooperative Scans: Dynamic Bandwidth Sharing in a DBMS. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) (pp. 723–734). A.C.M.