The Allotrope Data Format (ADF) [ADF] consists of several APIs and taxonomies. The ADF Quad Store (ADF-QS) provides an efficient persistence layer for the RDF Data Model based on HDF 5 [HDF5]. It allows to store, query and retrieve RDF Statements in the RDF Data Model. The ADF Data Description API [ADF-DD] uses the ADF Quad Store as backend, for example for metadata of Data Package elements, Data Cubes, experimental or process description and contextual metadata.



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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

The ADF Quad Store (ADF-QS) provides an efficient persistence layer for the RDF Data Model based on HDF 5 [HDF5]. It allows to store, query and retrieve RDF Statements in the RDF Data Model. The ADF Data Description API uses the ADF Quad Store as backend, for example for metadata of Data Package elements, Data Cubes, experimental or process description and contextual metadata.

The document is structured as follows: In the following the requirements, architecture and technical realization of the quad store are described before the integration into the ADF API is briefly described.

1.1 Document Conventions

1.1.1 Namespaces

Within this specification, the following namespace prefix bindings are used:

Prefix Namespace

1.1.2 Number Formatting

Within this document, decimal numbers will use a dot "." as the decimal mark.

2. ADF High-Level Structure

The following figure illustrates the high-level structure of the Allotrope Data Format (ADF) API stack:

Fig. 1 The high-level structure of the Allotrope Data Format (ADF) API stack.

This document focuses on the ADF Quad Store implementation.

3. Requirements

The ADF Quad Store MUST provide an efficient persistence layer for the RDF Data Model based on HDF 5 [HDF5].

3.1 Functional Requirements

3.2 Non-Functional Requirements

4. Architecture

The following picture describes the high-level structure of the HDF 5 based ADF Quad Store:

Fig. 2 The high-level structure of the HDF 5 based ADF Quad Store.

4.1 Dictionary

The Dictionary MUST contain the string representation of resources and literals and MUST provide efficient access to them.

4.2 Quad Table

The Quad Table represents the quads. It MUST consist of five columns - one for the graph, one for the subject, one for the predicate, one for the object of a quad and one to mark the quad as deleted. One row in the table represents one quad.

4.3 Indices

The ADF Quad Store MAY use different kinds of indices in order to improve the performance of basic operations such as inserting and querying of quads (triples into a specific graph), e.g. an GSPO index.

4.4 B+ Tree

In order to provide efficient dictionaries and indexing to the ADF Quad Store, ADF-QS MUST store data in a B+ Tree data structure. In the implementation, one node in the B+ Tree MUST correspond to one row in the HDF Dataset that represents the tree.

5. ArchitectureTechnical Realization

The physical representation of the quad store in HDF 5 consists of the elements described in the previous section. In the next subsections these elements are described in detail.

All HDF 5 elements of the quad store (Groups and Datasets) MUST be located below the data-description Group.

5.1 Quads

The quads MUST be stored as their node IDs in a HDF Dataset [HDF5]. The name of the Dataset MUST be quads and it MUST be located directly in the data-description Group. This Dataset MUST have five columns - four for the node IDs and a fifth for the time of deletion of this quad. The Dataset MUST have the attributes nextID and size of type int containing the index of the next row to be used for a new quad and the current number of not-deleted entries.

A node ID is a 64 bit value with the following bit usage:

PositionLength (in bit)Description
0 to 3031A positive integer. ID of the nodes value string.
31 to 6231A positive integer. ID of the nodes namespace (resource), value type (literal) string or the language tag (string with language).
62 to 632Flag representing the node type. 00: Blank node, 01: Resource node, 10: Literal node, 11: not used

5.1.1 Removal of Statements

The ADF-TS MUST support the removal of statements. "Removal" here means that the statements are marked as deleted, but not actually physically removed. The idea is to keep the "removed" statements for an audit trail. To mark a quad as deleted the deletion time (in milliseconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00) MUST be written to the fifth column of the quad Dataset.

5.2 Node Strings

A quad node may consist of two strings (value and namespace, type or language). Those strings MUST be stored and accessible via a dictionary structure. The dictionary MUST consist of a part responsible for the string storage and a B+ tree for fast access. All Datasets used by the dictionary MUST be located in the Group dictionary below the Group data-description.

The B+ tree uses the string itself as the key and the technical string ID as value. On B+ tree Dataset level these are the same values since the key entry in the nodes Dataset is the ID of the key (see section B+ Tree).

The strings MUST be persisted as bytes, using UTF-8. A one dimensional HDF 5 Dataset contains a continuous byte stream. A two dimensional Dataset stores position and length in the byte stream or strings up to 12 bytes length. The row ID in the second Dataset is the technical ID of the string (used as part of the quad node ID and in the dictionary B+ tree). Both Datasets MUST have an attribute nextID of type int containing the index of the next row to be used for a new entry. The following two modes of storage for those bytes MUST be supported.

5.2.1 The string is up to 12 bytes long

All data is stored in the 2D Dataset. Bytes 0 up to 11 contain the bytes of the string (starting at byte 0), byte 12 contains the number of used bytes.

PositionLength (in byte)Description
0 to 1112Byte representation of the string.
121Number of bytes used for the string.

5.2.2 The string is longer than 12 bytes

The bytes of the string are stored in the 1D byte stream Dataset. Position and number of bytes in the stream are stored in bytes 0 to 11 of the 2D Dataset. Byte 12 is set to -1.

PositionLength (in byte)Description
0 to 78A 64-bit long value. Field ID/position of the string in the byte stream dataset.
8 to 114A 32-bit long integer value. Number of bytes of the string in the byte stream dataset.
121Contains the value -1.

5.3 B+ Tree

The HDF 5 based quad store implementation MUST use B+ trees stored in HDF Datasets. See [WIKI-BP-TREE] for terminology and functional implementation details.

The nodes of the B+ tree MUST be stored in a two dimensional Dataset with data type int. The Dataset MUST have an attribute nextID of type int containing the index of the next row to be used for a new node. The number of columns MUST be two times the tree order plus one (2 * order + 1).

Field usage:

0 to (order - 2)order - 1IDs of the keys (or the keys if the key type is int), -1 for unused fields
(order - 1) to (2 * order - 2)orderInner node: IDs of the child nodes, 0 for unused fields
Leaf node: IDs of the values (or the values if the value type is int), 0 for unused fields.
Since it is not needed in leaf nodes, the last field there contains the ID of the right sibling node. This produces a ordered linked-list of all key-value pairs.
2 * order - 11ID of the parent node (-1 on the root node)
2 * order1Flags


PositionLength (in bit)Description
010: Inner node, 1: Leaf node
1 to 3131not used

In contrast to the common B+ tree implementation with the HDF 5 based implementation the root node MUST remain in row 0 and so MUST keep ID 0.

5.4 Index

An HDF 5 based implementation SHOULD use an SPO, a POS and an OSP index as described below. It MAY use additional indexes. It MUST delete any index present that it does not update, when changing the content of the quad store. Indices MUST be based on B+ trees. The B+ tree Dataset MUST be located in a Group named index_>index name< below the data-description Group.

The default indices (GSPO, GPOS, GOSP, SPOG, POSG and OSPG) must use the quads Dataset entries as keys. These entries contain the node IDs of subject, predicate and object of the statement, and, if deleted, the deletion time, otherwise 0. The B+ tree values are the IDs of the quads Dataset entries. The name of the index defines the order for sorting those entries. The keys of an SPO index are sorted first by the subject node ID, then by the predicate node ID and last by the object node ID.

6. ADF Quad Store Operations

The following section describes the integration of the ADF Quad Store into the ADF API.

6.1 Notes on Jena Integration

To use the ADF Quad Store in Jena, the Graph and TripleStore interfaces MUST be implemented. For Graph the class GraphBase MUST be extended, which contains a lot of boilerplate code. To use the ADF based graph an instance SHOULD be passed to Jena: ModelFactory.createModelForGraph(adfGraph).

7. Change History

Version Release Date Remarks
0.3.0 2015-04-30 Initial Working Draft version
0.4.0 2015-06-18
  • included disclaimer information
  • harmonized layout across ADF specifications
  • harmonized structure across ADF specifications
1.0.0 RC 2015-09-17
  • enforced usage of specification specific keywords
  • updated dates and version information
1.0.0 2015-09-29
  • updated versions, dates and document status
  • completed Architecture, Technical Realization, and ADF Triple Store Operations
1.1.0 RC 2016-03-11
  • updated versions, dates and document status
  • added section on number formatting to document conventions
  • updated Fig. 1
1.1.0 RF 2016-03-31
  • updated versions, dates and document status
1.1.5 2016-05-13
  • updated versions and dates
1.2.0 Preview 2016-09-23
  • changed description from the triple store to the quad store
1.2.0 RC 2016-12-07
  • updated versions and dates
  • updated Figs. 1 and 2
1.3.0 Preview 2017-03-31
  • updated versions and dates
1.3.0 RF 2017-06-30
  • updated versions and dates
  • updated images

A. References

A.1 Normative references

Allotrope. Allotrope Data Format Overview. URL: http://purl.allotrope.org/TR/adf-overview/Allotrope Data Format.html
Allotrope. ADF Data Description API. URL: http://purl.allotrope.org/TR/adf-dd/ADF Data Description API.html
The HDF Group. HDF5 File Format Specification. URL: https://portal.hdfgroup.org/display/HDF5/File+Format+Specification
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Wikipedia - B+ tree. URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%2B_tree