Calcite - (Planner) Rule (RelOptRule)


A rule is used to modified a relational expression (ie query plan)

They are used by the planner to:

relational algebra expressions (ie query plan).

Every rule extends RelOptRule (and are used by the planner (RelOptPlanner)).


Two types of rules:


  • Converters rule implement Converter and convert from one convention to an another.
  • Converter rules applied via convert

A ConverterRule converts between calling conventions.


  • indicates what system will actually execute the query by assigning a particular call.


A rule that match a subtree of a relational algebra expression and replace it with a different subtree. ie it is a rule to transform an relational expression to another.

Example: exchange the order of Filter and a Project nodes.

Match: Transformer Rules are matched to elements of a query plan using pattern matching. onMatch is called for matched rules



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