TEGRA: Efficient Ad-Hoc Analytics on Evolving Graphs


Anand Padmanabha Iyer, Microsoft Research and University of California, Berkeley; Qifan Pu, Google; Kishan Patel, Two Sigma; Joseph E. Gonzalez and Ion Stoica, University of California, Berkeley


Several emerging evolving graph application workloads demand support for efficient ad-hoc analytics—the ability to perform ad-hoc queries on arbitrary time windows of the graph. We present TEGRA, a system that enables efficient ad-hoc window operations on evolving graphs. TEGRA allows efficient access to the state of the graph at arbitrary windows, and significantly accelerates ad-hoc window queries by using a compact in-memory representation for both graph and intermediate computation state. For this, it leverages persistent data structures to build a versioned, distributed graph state store, and couples it with an incremental computation model which can leverage these compact states. For users, it exposes these compact states using Timelapse, a natural abstraction. We evaluate TEGRA against existing evolving graph analysis techniques, and show that it significantly outperforms state-of-the-art systems (by up to 30×) for ad-hoc window operation workloads.

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@inproceedings {265069,
author = {Anand Padmanabha Iyer and Qifan Pu and Kishan Patel and Joseph E. Gonzalez and Ion Stoica},
title = {{TEGRA}: Efficient {Ad-Hoc} Analytics on Evolving Graphs},
booktitle = {18th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 21)},
year = {2021},
isbn = {978-1-939133-21-2},
pages = {337--355},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/nsdi21/presentation/iyer},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = apr

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