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2010
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Small subset queries and bloom filters using ternary associative memories, with applications

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Small subset queries and bloom filters using ternary associative memories, with applications
Associative memories offer high levels of parallelism in matching a query against stored entries. We design and analyze an architecture which uses a single lookup into a Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM) to solve the subset query problem for small sets, i.e., to check whether a given set (the query) contains (or alternately, is contained in) any one of a large collection of sets in a database. We use each TCAM entry as a small Ternary Bloom Filter (each ‘bit’ of which is one of {0,1,“∗” }) to store one of the sets in the collection. Like Bloom filters, our architecture is susceptible to false positives. Since each TCAM entry is quite small, asymptotic analyses of Bloom filters do not directly apply. Surprisingly, we are able to show that the asymptotic false positive probability formula can be safely used if we penalize the small Bloom filter by taking away just one bit of storage and adding just half an extra set element before applying the formula. We believe th...
Ashish Goel, Pankaj Gupta
Added 18 Jul 2010
Updated 18 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where SIGMETRICS
Authors Ashish Goel, Pankaj Gupta
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