Faculty Advisor

Elke A. Rundensteiner

Faculty Advisor

Mohamed Y. Eltabakh


Complex Event Processing (CEP) is the technical choice for high performance analytics in time-critical decision-making applications. Although current CEP systems support sequence pattern detection on continuous event streams, they do not support the computation of aggregated values over the matched sequences of a query pattern. Instead, aggregation is typically applied as a post processing step after CEP pattern detection, leading to an extremely inefficient solution for sequence aggregation. Meanwhile, the state-of-art aggregation techniques over traditional stream data are not directly applicable in the context of the sequence-semantics of CEP. In this paper, we propose an approach, called A-Seq, that successfully pushes the aggregation computation into the sequence pattern detection process. A-Seq succeeds to compute aggregation online by dynamically recording compact partial sequence aggregation without ever constructing the to-be-aggregated matched sequences. Techniques are devised to tackle all the key CEP- specific challenges for aggregation, including sliding window semantics, event purging, as well as sequence negation. For scalability, we further introduce the Chop-Connect methodology, that enables sequence aggregation sharing among queries with arbitrary substring relationships. Lastly, our cost-driven optimizer selects a shared execution plan for effectively processing a workload of CEP aggregation queries. Our experimental study using real data sets demonstrates over four orders of magnitude efficiency improvement for a wide range of tested scenarios of our proposed A-Seq approach compared to the state-of-art solutions, thus achieving high-performance CEP aggregation analytics.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name



Computer Science

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Date Accepted





Complex Event Processing, Aggregation, Efficiency, Cost Model, Optimizer