Physical Database Design

Physical Database Design

The Database Professional's Guide to Exploiting Indexes, Views, Storage, and More

1st Edition - March 21, 2007

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  • Authors: Sam Lightstone, Toby Teorey, Tom Nadeau
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080552316

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The rapidly increasing volume of information contained in relational databases places a strain on databases, performance, and maintainability: DBAs are under greater pressure than ever to optimize database structure for system performance and administration. Physical Database Design discusses the concept of how physical structures of databases affect performance, including specific examples, guidelines, and best and worst practices for a variety of DBMSs and configurations. Something as simple as improving the table index design has a profound impact on performance. Every form of relational database, such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Enterprise Resource Management (ERP), Data Mining (DM), or Management Resource Planning (MRP), can be improved using the methods provided in the book.

Key Features

  • The first complete treatment on physical database design, written by the authors of the seminal, Database Modeling and Design: Logical Design, Fourth Edition
  • Includes an introduction to the major concepts of physical database design as well as detailed examples, using methodologies and tools most popular for relational databases today: Oracle, DB2 (IBM), and SQL Server (Microsoft)
  • Focuses on physical database design for exploiting B+tree indexing, clustered indexes, multidimensional clustering (MDC), range partitioning, shared nothing partitioning, shared disk data placement, materialized views, bitmap indexes, automated design tools, and more!


Database designers and database administrators working with large databases and data warehouses, who want to improve processing time for transactions and information access, resolve storage issues, and make life better for all of us.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction to Physical Database Design
    2 Basic Indexing Methods
    3 Query Optimization and Plan Selection
    4 Selecting Indexes
    5 Selecting Materialized Views
    6 Shared-nothing Partitioning
    7 Range Partitioning
    8 Multidimensional Clustering
    9 The Interdependence Problem
    10 Counting and Data Sampling in Physical Design Exploration
    11 Query Execution Plans and Physical Design
    12 Automated Physical Database Design
    13 Down to the Metal: Server Resources and Topology
    14 Physical Design for Decision Support, Warehousing, and OLAP
    15 Denormalization
    16 Distributed Data Allocation
    Appendix A A Simple Performance Model for Databases
    Appendix B Technical Comparison of DB2 HADR with Oracle Data Guard for Database Disaster Recovery

Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2007
  • Published: March 21, 2007
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080552316

About the Authors

Sam Lightstone

Sam Lightstone is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Development Manager with IBM’s DB2 product development team. His work includes numerous topics in autonomic computing and relational database management systems. He is cofounder and leader of DB2’s autonomic computing R&D effort. He is Chair of the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self Managing Database Systems and a member of the IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Autonomous and Autonomic Computing. In 2003 he was elected to the Canadian Technical Excellence Council, the Canadian affiliate of the IBM Academy of Technology. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 25 patents and patents pending; he has published widely on autonomic computing for relational database systems. He has been with IBM since 1991.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Technical Staff Member and Development Manager, IBM, Toronto, Canada

Toby Teorey

Toby J. Teorey is a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was general chair of the 1981 ACM SIGMOD Conference and program chair for the 1991 Entity-Relationship Conference. Professor Teorey’s current research focuses on database design and data warehousing, OLAP, advanced database systems, and performance of computer networks. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Tom Nadeau

Tom Nadeau is the founder of Aladdin Software ( and works in the area of data and text mining. He received his B.S. degree in computer science and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His technical interests include data warehousing, OLAP, data mining and machine learning. He won the best paper award at the 2001 IBM CASCON Conference.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ubiquiti Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

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