Amazon Redshift
Database Developer Guide (API Version 2012-12-01)

Tutorial: Tuning Table Design

In this tutorial, you will learn how to optimize the design of your tables. You will start by creating tables based on the Star Schema Benchmark (SSB) schema without sort keys, distribution styles, and compression encodings. You will load the tables with test data and test system performance. Next, you will apply best practices to recreate the tables using sort keys and distribution styles. You will load the tables with test data using automatic compression and then you will test performance again so that you can compare the performance benefits of well-designed tables.

Estimated time: 60 minutes

Estimated cost: $1.00 per hour for the cluster


You will need your AWS credentials (access key ID and secret access key) to load test data from Amazon S3. If you need to create new access keys, go to Administering Access Keys for IAM Users.