Hardware-Accelerated Radix-Tree Based String Sorting for Big Data Applications

Christopher Blochwitz, Julian Wolff, Jan Moritz Joseph, Stefan Werner, Dennis Heinrich, Sven Groppe, Thilo Pionteck


In this paper, a scalable hardware architecture for string sorting in the application field of Big Data is presented. Current hardware architectures focus on the acceleration of sorting small sets of data with a maximum string length. In contrast, we propose an FPGA-accelerated architecture based on Radix-Trees, which has the ability to sort large sets of strings without practical limitation of the string length. The Radix-Tree is parameterizable and so is the design, which enables the adaptation for application-specific properties, such as diversity of strings and size of the used alphabet. The scalable design has a hierarchical processing and memory architecture, which operate in parallel. Optimal parameters and configurations are evaluated by using a dataset of the Semantic Web, as an example of Big Data applications. The results are analyzed with a focus on throughput, memory requirement, and utilization. The hardware design is faster for all values of the radix parameter and achieves a maximum speed-up factor of 2.78 compared to a software system.
TitelArchitecture of Computing Systems - ARCS 2017
Redakteure/-innenJens Knoop, Wolfgang Karl, Martin Schulz, Koji Inoue, Thilo Pionteck
Herausgeber (Verlag)Springer International Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-54998-9
ISBN (elektronisch)978-3-319-54999-6
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 04.03.2017
Veranstaltung30th International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems - Vienna, Österreich
Dauer: 03.04.201706.04.2017

Strategische Forschungsbereiche und Zentren

  • Querschnittsbereich: Intelligente Systeme
  • Zentren: Zentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz Lübeck (ZKIL)


  • 409-04 Betriebs-, Kommunikations-, Datenbank- und verteilte Systeme


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