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Dynamic File Pruning on Delta Lake

Ali Afroozeh, et al, take us through Dynamic File Pruning in Databricks Runtime 6.1:

In addition to eliminating data at partition granularity, Delta Lake on Databricks dynamically skips unnecessary files when possible. This can be achieved because Delta Lake automatically collects metadata about data files managed by Delta Lake and so, data can be skipped without data file access. Prior to Dynamic File Pruning, file pruning only took place when queries contained a literal value in the predicate but now this works for both literal filters as well as join filters. This means that Dynamic File Pruning now allows star schema queries to take advantage of data skipping at file granularity.

There are some interesting performance results here. I’d also be curious to see how robust the results are as queries get more complicated