DDL - Tables

These functions are used to create and modify data tables in OmniSci.

Nomenclature Constraints

Table names must use the NAME format, described in regex notation as:

[A-Za-z_][A-Za-z0-9\$_]*

CREATE TABLE

CREATE TABLE [IF NOT EXISTS] <table>
  (<column> <type> [NOT NULL] [ENCODING <encodingSpec>],
  [SHARD KEY (<column>)],
  [SHARED DICTIONARY (<column>) REFERENCES <table>(<column>)], ...)
  [WITH (<property> = value, ...)];

Create a table named <table> specifying <columns> and table properties. Table and column names cannot include quotes, spaces, or special characters.

Supported Datatypes

Datatype Size (bytes) Notes
BIGINT 8 Minimum value: -9,223,372,036,854,775,807; maximum value: 9,223,372,036,854,775,807.
BOOLEAN 1 TRUE: 'true', '1', 't'. FALSE: 'false', '0', 'f'. Text values are not case-sensitive.
DATE* 4 Minimum value: -2,147,483,648; maximum value: 2,147,483,647
Range in years: +/-5,883,517 around epoch. Maximum date January 1, 5885487 (approximately). Supported formats when using COPY FROM: mm/dd/yyyy, dd-mmm-yy, yyyy-mm-dd, dd/mmm/yyyy.
DATE ENCODING FIXED(32) 4 Default encoding, equivalent to DATE.
Range in years: +/-5,883,517 around epoch, maximum date January 1, 5885487 (approximately). Values range from -185542587187200 to 185542587100800. Supported formats when using COPY FROM: mm/dd/yyyy, dd-mmm-yy, yyyy-mm-dd, dd/mmm/yyyy.
DATE ENCODING FIXED(16) 2 Range: -32,768 - 32,767
Range in years: +/-90 around epoch, April 14, 1880 - September 9, 2059. Values range from -2831155200 to 2831068800. Supported formats when using COPY FROM: mm/dd/yyyy, dd-mmm-yy, yyyy-mm-dd, dd/mmm/yyyy.
DECIMAL 2, 4, or 8 Takes precision and scale parameters: DECIMAL(precision,scale).

Size depends on precision:

  • Up to 4: 2 bytes
  • 5 to 9: 4 bytes
  • 10 to 18 (maximum): 8 bytes
Scale must be less than precision.
DOUBLE 8 Variable precision. Minimum value: -1.79 x e^308; maximum value: 1.79 x e^308.
FLOAT 4 Variable precision. Minimum value: -3.4 x e^38; maximum value: 3.4 x e^38.
INTEGER 4 Minimum value: -2,147,483,647; maximum value: 2,147,483,647.
SMALLINT 2 Minimum value: -32,767; maximum value: 32,767.
TEXT ENCODING DICT 4 Max cardinality 2 billion distinct string values
TEXT ENCODING NONE Variable Size of the string + 6 bytes
TIME 8 Minimum value: 00:00:00; maximum value: 23:59:59.
TIMESTAMP 8 Linux timestamp from -30610224000 (1/1/1000 00:00:00.000) through 29379542399 (12/31/2900 23:59:59.999).

Can also be inserted and stored in human-readable format:

  • YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS
  • YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS (The T is dropped when the field is populated.)
TINYINT 1 Minimum value: -127; maximum value: 127.

* In OmniSci release 4.4.0 and higher, you can use existing 8-byte DATE columns, but you can create only 4-byte DATE columns (default) and 2-byte DATE columns (see DATE ENCODING FIXED(16)).

For more information, see Datatypes and Fixed Encoding.

For geospatial datatypes, see Geospatial Primitives.

Example

Create a table named tweets and specify the columns, including type, in the table.

CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS tweets (
   tweet_id BIGINT NOT NULL,
   tweet_time TIMESTAMP NOT NULL ENCODING FIXED(32),
   lat FLOAT,
   lon FLOAT,
   sender_id BIGINT NOT NULL,
   sender_name TEXT NOT NULL ENCODING DICT,
   location TEXT ENCODING  DICT,
   source TEXT ENCODING DICT,
   reply_to_user_id BIGINT,
   reply_to_tweet_id BIGINT,
   lang TEXT ENCODING  DICT,
   followers INT,
   followees INT,
   tweet_count INT,
   join_time TIMESTAMP ENCODING  FIXED(32),
   tweet_text TEXT,
   state TEXT ENCODING  DICT,
   county TEXT ENCODING DICT,
   place_name TEXT,
   state_abbr TEXT ENCODING DICT,
   county_state TEXT ENCODING DICT,
   origin TEXT ENCODING DICT,
   phone_numbers bigint);

Supported Encoding

Encoding Descriptions
DICT Dictionary encoding on string columns (default for TEXT columns). Limit of 2 billion unique string values.
FIXED (bits) Fixed length encoding of integer or timestamp columns. See Datatypes and Fixed Encoding.
NONE No encoding. Valid only on TEXT columns. No Dictionary is created. Aggregate operations are not possible on this column type.

WITH Clause Properties

Property Description
fragment_size Number of rows per fragment that is a unit of the table for query processing. Default: 32 million rows, which is not expected to be changed.
max_rows Used primarily for streaming datasets to limit the number of rows in a table, to avoid running out of memory or impeding performance. When the max_rows limit is reached, the oldest fragment is removed. When populating a table from a file, make sure that your row count is below the max_rows setting. If you attempt load more rows at one time than the max_rows setting defines, the records up to the max_rows limit are removed, leaving only the additional rows. Default: 2^62.

In a distributed system, the maximum number of rows is calculated as max_rows * leaf_count. In a sharded distributed system, the maximum number of rows is calculated as max_rows * shard_count.
page_size Number of I/O page bytes. Default: 1MB, which does not need to be changed.
partitions

Partition strategy option:

  • SHARDED: Partition table using sharding.
  • REPLICATED: Partition table using replication.
shard_count Number of shards to create, typically equal to the number of GPUs across which the data table is distributed.
sort_column Name of the column on which to sort during bulk import.

Sharding

Sharding partitions a database table across multiple servers so each server has a part of the table with the same columns but with different rows. Partitioning is based on a sharding key defined when you create the table.

Without sharding, the dimension tables involved in a join are replicated and sent to each GPU, which is not feasible for dimension tables with many rows. Specifying a shard key makes it possible for the query to execute efficiently on large dimension tables.

Currently, specifying a shard key is useful for joins, only:

  • If two tables specify a shard key with the same type and the same number of shards, a join on that key only sends a part of the dimension table column data to each GPU.
  • For multi-node installs, the dimension table does not need to be replicated and the join executes locally on each leaf.

Constraints

  • A shard key must specify a single column to shard on. There is no support for sharding by a combination of keys.
  • One shard key can be specified for a table.
  • Data are partitioned according to the shard key and the number of shards (shard_count).
  • A value in the column specified as a shard key is always sent to the same partition.
  • The number of shards should be equal to the number of GPUs in the cluster.
  • Sharding is allowed on the following column types:
    • DATE
    • INT
    • TEXT ENCODING DICT
    • TIME
    • TIMESTAMP
  • Tables must share the dictionary for the column to be involved in sharded joins. If the dictionary is not specified as shared, the join does not take advantage of sharding. Dictionaries are reference-counted and only dropped when the last reference drops.

Recommendations

  • Set shard_count to the number of GPUs you eventually want to distribute the data table across.
  • Referenced tables must also be shard_count -aligned.
  • Sharding should be minimized because it can introduce load skew accross resources, compared to when sharding is not used.

Examples

Basic sharding:

CREATE TABLE  customers(
   accountId text,
   name text,
   SHARD KEY (accountId))
  WITH (shard_count = 4);

Sharding with shared dictionary:

CREATE TABLE transactions(
   accountId text,
   action text,
   SHARD KEY (accountId),
   SHARED DICTIONARY (accountId) REFERENCES customers(accountId))
  WITH (shard_count = 4);

CREATE TABLE AS SELECT

CREATE TABLE <newTableName> AS (<SELECT statement>) [WITH (<property> = value, ...)];

Create a table with the specified columns, copying any data that meet SELECT statement criteria.

WITH Clause Properties

Property Description
fragment_size Number of rows per fragment that is a unit of the table for query processing. Default = 32 million rows, which is not expected to be changed.
max_chunk_size Size of chunk that is a unit of the table for query processing. Default: 1073741824 bytes (1 GB), which is not expected to be changed.
max_rows Used primarily for streaming datasets to limit the number of rows in a table. When the max_rows limit is reached, the oldest fragment is removed. When populating a table from a file, make sure that your row count is below the max_rows setting. If you attempt load more rows at one time than the max_rows setting defines, the records up to the max_rows limit are removed, leaving only the additional rows. Default = 2^62.
page_size Number of I/O page bytes. Default = 1MB, which does not need to be changed.
partitions

Partition strategy option:

  • SHARDED: Partition table using sharding.
  • REPLICATED: Partition table using replication.
vacuum Formats the table to more efficiently handle DELETE requests. The only parameter available is delayed. Rather than immediately remove deleted rows, vacuum marks items to be deleted, and they are removed at an optimal time.

Examples

Create the table newTable. Populate the table with all information from the table oldTable, effectively creating a duplicate of the original table.

CREATE TABLE newTable AS (SELECT * FROM oldTable);

Create a table named trousers. Populate it with data from the columns name, waist, and inseam from the table wardrobe.

CREATE TABLE trousers AS (SELECT name, waist, inseam FROM wardrobe);

Create a table named cosmos. Populate it with data from the columns star and planet from the table universe where planet has the class M.

CREATE TABLE cosmos AS (SELECT star, planet FROM universe WHERE class='M');

ALTER TABLE

ALTER TABLE <table> RENAME TO <table>;
ALTER TABLE <table> RENAME COLUMN <column> TO <column>;
ALTER TABLE <table> ADD [COLUMN] <column> <type> [NOT NULL] [ENCODING <encodingSpec>]
ALTER TABLE <table> ADD (<column> <type> [NOT NULL] [ENCODING <encodingSpec>], ...)

Examples

Rename the table tweets to retweets.

ALTER TABLE tweets RENAME TO retweets;

Rename the column source to device in the table retweets.

ALTER TABLE retweets RENAME COLUMN source TO device;

Add the column lang to the table tweets using a TEXT ENCODING DICTIONARY.

ALTER TABLE tweets ADD COLUMN lang TEXT ENCODING DICT;

Add the columns lang and encode to the table tweets using a TEXT ENCODING DICTIONARY for each.

ALTER TABLE tweets ADD (lang TEXT ENCODING DICT, encode TEXT ENCODING DICT);
Note Currently, OmniSci does not support adding a geo column type (POINT, LINESTRING, POLYGON, or MULTIPOLYGON) to a table.

DROP TABLE

DROP TABLE [IF EXISTS] <table>;

Deletes the table structure, all data from the table, and any dictionary content unless it is a shared dictionary. (See the note regarding disk space reclamation.)

Example

DROP TABLE IF EXISTS tweets;

TRUNCATE TABLE

TRUNCATE TABLE <table>;

Use the TRUNCATE TABLE statement to remove all rows from a table without deleting the table structure.

This releases table on-disk and memory storage and removes dictionary content unless it is a shared dictionary. (See the note regarding disk space reclamation.)

Removing rows is more efficient than using DROP TABLE. Dropping followed by recreating the table invalidates dependent objects of the table requiring you to regrant object privileges. Truncating has none of these effects.

Example

TRUNCATE TABLE tweets;
NoteWhen you DROP or TRUNCATE, the command returns almost immediately. The directories to be purged are marked with the suffix __DELETE_ME. The files are automatically removed asynchronously.

In practical terms, this means that you will not see a reduction in disk usage until the automatic task runs, which might not start for up to five minutes.

You might also see directory names appended with __DELETE_ME. You can ignore these, with the expectation that they will be deleted automatically over time.

OPTIMIZE TABLE

OPTIMIZE TABLE [<table>] [WITH (VACUUM='true')]

Use this statement to remove rows from storage that have been marked as deleted via DELETE statements.

When run without the vacuum option, the column-level metadata is recomputed for each column in the specified table. OmniSciDB makes heavy use of metadata to optimize query plans, so optimizing table metadata can increase query performance after metadata widening operations such as updates or deletes. OmniSciDB does not narrow metadata during an update or delete — metadata is only widened to cover a new range.

When run with the vacuum option, it removes any rows marked "deleted" from the data stored on disk. Vacuum is a checkpointing operation, so new copies of any vacuum records are deleted. OmniSciDB currently does not remove old (pre-checkpoint) fragments after vacuuming, so you might notice your data directory growing.

VALIDATE CLUSTER

VALIDATE CLUSTER [WITH (REPAIR_TYPE = ['NONE' | 'REMOVE'])];

Perform checks and report discovered issues on a running OmniSci cluster. Compare metadata between the aggregator and leaves to verify that the logical components between the processes are identical.

Examples

If VALIDATE CLUSTER detects issues, it returns a report similar to the following:

mapd@thing3 ~]$ /mnt/gluster/dist_mapd/mapd-sw2/bin/mapdql -p HyperInteractive
User admin connected to database omnisci
omnisql> validate cluster;
Result
 Node          Table Count 
 ===========   =========== 
 Aggregator     1116
 Leaf 0         1114
 Leaf 1         1114
No matching table on Leaf 0 for Table cities_dtl_POINTS table id 56
No matching table on Leaf 1 for Table cities_dtl_POINTS table id 56
No matching table on Leaf 0 for Table cities_dtl table id 80
No matching table on Leaf 1 for Table cities_dtl table id 80
Table details don't match on Leaf 0 for Table view_geo table id 95
Table details don't match on Leaf 1 for Table view_geo table id 95

If no issues are detected, it will report as follows:

Cluster OK

You can include the WITH(REPAIR_TYPE) argument. (REPAIR_TYPE='NONE') is the same as running the command with no argument. (REPAIR_TYPE='REMOVE') removes any leaf objects that have issues. For example:

VALIDATE CLUSTER WITH (REPAIR_TYPE = 'REMOVE');