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Reconfigurable Database Acceleration

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Koch
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The data volume in large databases can easily exceed many terabytes of data and processing this data is becoming very difficult. For example, efficient (sequential) sorting algorithms have a time complexity of n log n and even the log n factor is an issue when sorting terabyte problems. However, there exist parallel sorting accelerators on FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) that take log n sorter units to sort in linear time.

FPGAs are a class of powerful massively parallel processing devices that shall be used in this PhD project for substantially accelerating data warehouse databases or data-stream management systems. The idea is to build a library of, for example, SQL operator modules that will be dynamically stitched together to accelerate individual database queries. By using wide data paths and a high level of parallel processing, processing speed of one to three orders of magnitude is expected while consuming significantly less power than a server CPU.

Funding Notes

This School has two PhD programmes: the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) 4-year programme and a conventional 3-year PhD programme.

School and University funding is available on a competitive basis.


The minimum requirements to get a place in our PhD programme are available from:

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