Optimizing Rules in Production System Programs

Toru Ishida

Recently developed production systems enable users to specify an appropriate ordering or a clustering of join operations. Various efficiency heuristics have been used to optimize production rules manually. The problem addressed in this paper is how to automatically determine the best join structure for production system programs. Our algorithm is not to directly apply the efficiency heuristics to programs, but rather to enumerate possible join structures under various constraints. Evaluation results demonstrate this algorithm generates a more efficient program than the one obtained by manual optimization.

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