Teradata Partition Elimination – the Stored Procedure Approach
Sometimes we need to select the rows from a table’s character column which are starting with a particular prefix, but we don’t know all existing names of this column in advance. For example, in the future, there could be new codes introduced.
If we are lucky, there might be a convention for this codes, such as: “all code values have to start with an ‘A’ character”.
In SQL, the problem can be solved like this:
SELECT * FROM The_Table WHERE CODE_COLUMN LIKE ‘A%’;
SELECT * FROM The_Table WHERE SUBSTR(CODE_COLUMN,1,1) = ‘A’;
Although above SQL statement solves our problem, we may experience performance issues when accessing a table containing a lot of rows.
Even if the column CODE_COLUMN would partition the table, we might end up with a full table scan (FTS), as partition elimination can’t be applied if a LIKE or SUBSTR function is defined on the partition column(s):
CREATE TABLE The_Table
PK INTEGER NOT NULL,
) PRIMARY INDEX (PK)
PARTITION BY (Code_Column);
Luckily, a Teradata Stored Procedure can be written to solve this problem:
- All distinct codes are extracted from the table and written into a variable.
- The list of code values is dynamically pasted into a SQL statement and executed:
REPLACE PROCEDURE MY_SP()
DECLARE CODE_LIST VARCHAR(3200);
SET MySQL =’CREATE VOLATILE MULTISET TABLE MY_CODES AS
SELECT CODE_COLUMN FROM THE_TABLE WHERE CODE_COLUMN LIKE ”A%” GROUP BY 1
) WITH DATA PRIMARY INDEX (CODE_COLUMN) ON COMMIT PRESERVE ROWS;’;
FOR TheRow AS CODES_CURSOR CURSOR
CODE_COLUMN,RANK(CODE_COLUMN) AS RNK
IF TheRow.RNK = 1
SET CODE_LIST = ”” || TheRow.CODE_COLUMN || ””;
SET CODE_LIST = CODE_LIST || ‘,”’ || TheRow.CODE_COLUMN || ””;
SET MySQL =’
INSERT INTO TARGET_TABLE
CODE_COLUMN IN (”’ || CODE_LIST || ”’)
GROUP BY 1