How MetroHash function implemented in ClickHouse benefits in performance and low collision rates?

Unleashing Performance and Precision: ClickHouse’s MetroHash Function for Efficient Hash-based Operations

The MetroHash function implemented in ClickHouse offers performance benefits and low collision rates, contributing to the efficiency of hash-based operations.

Here’s how the MetroHash function achieves these advantages: 

  1. Performance:
  • MetroHash is designed to provide excellent performance characteristics. It is optimized for speed and efficiency, making it well-suited for high-performance hash-based operations in ClickHouse. 
  • The MetroHash function leverages efficient hash algorithms, such as MurmurHash and CityHash, which are known for their fast execution and low computational overhead. 
  • ClickHouse utilizes MetroHash’s optimized implementation to efficiently hash the join key values during the construction of hash tables and the probing phase of the Hash Join algorithm. 
  • The high-performance nature of the MetroHash function contributes to faster data processing and query execution in ClickHouse, leading to improved overall performance of hash-based operations. 
  1. Low Collision Rates:
  • Collision occurs when different input values produce the same hash value. High collision rates can adversely impact the performance and accuracy of hash-based operations. 
  • The MetroHash function in ClickHouse is specifically designed to achieve low collision rates. It employs advanced techniques and algorithms to minimize the likelihood of collisions. 
  • MetroHash uses a combination of hashing methods, including the use of both 64-bit and 128-bit hash states, to achieve a good distribution of hash values and reduce collision probabilities. 
  • By minimizing collisions, ClickHouse ensures accurate and efficient hash-based operations, such as hash table construction and hash table probing in the Hash Join algorithm. 
  • Low collision rates enable ClickHouse to accurately and efficiently match rows during join operations, leading to reliable query results and improved performance. 

The MetroHash function implementation in ClickHouse combines performance optimization and low collision rates to provide efficient and accurate hash-based operations.Its high-speed execution and reduced collision probabilities contribute to the overall performance and effectiveness of hash-based algorithms, such as the Hash Join algorithm.This ensures that ClickHouse can handle large-scale data processing and real-time analytics with speed, accuracy, and scalability. 

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Open Source Database Systems Engineer with a deep understanding of Optimizer Internals, Performance Engineering, Scalability and Data SRE. Shiv currently is the Founder, Investor, Board Member and CEO of multiple Database Systems Infrastructure Operations companies in the Transaction Processing Computing and ColumnStores ecosystem. He is also a frequent speaker in open source software conferences globally.