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Presto Query Signatures

You can view query signatures from the Presto Utilization dashboard and use the query signatures to identify and group similar queries.

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Presto query signatures are clusters of Presto queries share common SQL statements. Similar jobs, jobs with only a few differences (such as the date range computed), are grouped together. You can then analyze the clusters of queries and determine which queries require the most or least resources in a given month.

The Presto Query Details table, which is posted on the Presto Utilization dashboard, includes a table column: Query Names or Signature.

Query Signature Definitions for Common Letters

The following list defines common query letters that help to decipher the query that the query signature represents:

  • S: Select
  • S[* ] means SELECT * is used (retrieving all columns. This argument might be inefficient because our storage is columnar format.)
  • Cnt: count(x)
  • CntD: count(distinct x) (If query has this signature, it means a single node process = slow!)
  • T: table
  • G: Group by
  • J: Join
  • O: Order by (single node process = slow!)
  • L: Limit
  • CT: Create table
  • I: Insert Into
  • DT: Delete table
  • D: Delete
  • E: Duplicate Elimination (select distinct, union, etc.)
  • U: Union All
  • E(U(…)): Union (with duplicate elimination)
Query Signatures are subject to change in the future


The following example shows SQL statements mapped to query signatures:

select 1                          S(V)

select * from t                   S[*](T) t->#
insert into A select * from B     I(S[*](T)) B->A
select * from t, 'query'          S[*](T)

select * from t, 'table'          t->#

Last modified: Apr 25 2018 16:42:28 UTC

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