Can the Optimizer Cost be Used to Predict Query Execution Times? [article]

Anthony Kleerekoper, Javier Navaridas, Mikel Lujan
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Predicting the execution time of queries is an important problem with applications in scheduling, service level agreements and error detection. During query planning, a cost is associated with the chosen execution plan and used to rank competing plans. It would be convenient to use that cost to predict execution time, but it has been claimed in the literature that this is not possible. In this paper, we thoroughly investigate this claim considering both linear and non-linear models. We find
more » ... the accuracy using more complex models with only the optimizer cost is comparable to the reported accuracy in the literature. The most accurate method in the literature is nearest-neighbour regression which does not produce a model. The published results used a large feature set to identify nearest neighbours. We show that it is possible to achieve the same level of accuracy using only the cost to identify nearest neighbours. Using a smaller feature set brings the advantages of reduced overhead in terms of both storage space for the training data and the time to produce a prediction.
arXiv:1905.00774v1 fatcat:jenjootsuvgave3qj342jdcyli