Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu


  • Kai-Uwe SattlerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_706


Bit vector join; Bloom filter join; Bloom join; Hash filter join; Semijoin filter


Semijoin is a technique for processing a join between two tables that are stored at different sites. The basic idea is to reduce the transfer cost by first sending only the projected join column(s) to the other site, where it is joined with the second relation. Then, all matching tuples from the second relation are sent back to the first site to compute the final join result.

Historical Background

The semijoin technique was originally developed by Bernstein et al. [3] as part of the SDD-1 project as a reduction operator for distributed query processing. The idea of applying hash filtering was proposed by Babb [1] as well as by Valduriez [9] particularly for specialized hardware (content addressed file stores and distributed database machines respectively). The theory of semijoin-based distributed query processing was presented in [2]. In [10] semijoins are also exploited for query...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technische Universität IlmenauIlmenauGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kian-Lee Tan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore