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Adaptive Precision Setting for Cached Approximate Values

Olston, Chris and Loo, Boon Thau and Widom, Jennifer (2000) Adaptive Precision Setting for Cached Approximate Values. Technical Report. Stanford.

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Caching approximate values instead of exact values presents an opportunity for performance gains in exchange for decreased precision. To maximize the performance improvement, cached approximations must be of appropriate precision: approximations that are too precise easily become invalid, requiring frequent refreshing, while overly imprecise approximations are likely to be useless to applications, which must then bypass the cache. We present a parameterized algorithm for adjusting the precision of cached approximations adaptively to achieve the best performance as data values, precision requirements, or workload vary. We consider interval approximations to numeric values but our ideas can be extended to other kinds of data and approximations. Our algorithm strictly generalizes previous adaptive caching algorithms for exact copies: we can set parameters to require that all approximations be exact, in which case our algorithm dynamically chooses whether or not to cache each data value. We have implemented our algorithm and tested it on synthetic and real-world data. A number of experimental results are reported, showing the effectiveness of our algorithm at maximizing performance, and also showing that in the special case of exact caching our algorithm performs as well as previous algorithms. In cases where bounded imprecision is acceptable, our algorithm easily outperforms previous algorithms for exact caching.

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:precision setting, approximate data caching, adaptive caching, bounded imprecision
Subjects:Computer Science > Distributed Systems
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:452
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:21 Nov 2000 16:00
Last Modified:27 Dec 2008 15:14

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