The distributed join is a query operator that combines two relations stored at different sites in the following way: each tuple from the first relation is concatenated with each tuple from the second relation that satisfies a given join condition, e.g., the match in two attributes. The main characteristics of a distributed join are that at least one of the operand relations has to be transferred to another site.
Techniques for evaluating joins on distributed relations have already been discussed in the context of the first prototypes of distributed database systems such as SDD-1, Distributed INGRES and R*. In Ref.  the basic strategies ship whole vs. fetch matches were discussed and results of experimental evaluations were reported. Another report on an experimental comparison of distributed join strategies was given in Ref. .
Special strategies for distributed join evaluation that aim at reducing the...
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