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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 225-252

Research in Mobile Database Query Optimization and Processing

Agustinus Borgy Waluyo,1 Bala Srinivasan,1 and David Taniar2

1School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Monash University, Australia
2School of Business Systems, Monash University, Australia

Received 25 November 2005; Accepted 25 November 2005

Copyright © 2005 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The emergence of mobile computing provides the ability to access information at any time and place. However, as mobile computing environments have inherent factors like power, storage, asymmetric communication cost, and bandwidth limitations, efficient query processing and minimum query response time are definitely of great interest. This survey groups a variety of query optimization and processing mechanisms in mobile databases into two main categories, namely: (i) query processing strategy, and (ii) caching management strategy. Query processing includes both pull and push operations (broadcast mechanisms). We further classify push operation into on-demand broadcast and periodic broadcast. Push operation (on-demand broadcast) relates to designing techniques that enable the server to accommodate multiple requests so that the request can be processed efficiently. Push operation (periodic broadcast) corresponds to data dissemination strategies. In this scheme, several techniques to improve the query performance by broadcasting data to a population of mobile users are described. A caching management strategy defines a number of methods for maintaining cached data items in clients' local storage. This strategy considers critical caching issues such as caching granularity, caching coherence strategy and caching replacement policy. Finally, this survey concludes with several open issues relating to mobile query optimization and processing strategy.