OLTP-bench: An extensible testbed for benchmarking relational databases

Djellel Eddine Difallah, Andrew Pavlo, Carlo Curino, Philippe CudreMauroux

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Benchmarking is an essential aspect of any database management system (DBMS) effort. Despite several recent advancements, such as pre-configured cloud database images and database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offerings, the deployment of a comprehensive testing platform with a diverse set of datasets and workloads is still far from being trivial. In many cases, researchers and developers are limited to a small number of workloads to evaluate the performance characteristics of their work. This is due to the lack of a universal benchmarking infrastructure, and to the difficulty of gaining access to real data and workloads. This results in lots of unnecessary engineering efforts and makes the performance evaluation results difficult to compare. To remedy these problems, we present OLTP-Bench, an extensible "batteries included" DBMS benchmarking testbed. The key contributions of OLTP-Bench are its ease of use and extensibility, support for tight control of transaction mixtures, request rates, and access distributions over time, as well as the ability to support all major DBMSs and DBaaS platforms. Moreover, it is bundled with fifteen workloads that all differ in complexity and system demands, including four synthetic workloads, eight workloads from popular benchmarks, and three workloads that are derived from real-world applications. We demonstrate through a comprehensive set of experiments conducted on popular DBMS and DBaaS offerings the different features provided by OLTP-Bench and the effectiveness of our testbed in characterizing the performance of database services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-288
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the VLDB Endowment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013
EventProceedings of the 40th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, VLDB 2014 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: Sep 1 2014Sep 5 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • General Computer Science


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