16.10 - Indexes - Teradata Database

Teradata Database SQL Fundamentals

Teradata Database
Release Number
June 2017
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
English (United States)
Last Update

An index is a mechanism that the SQL query optimizer can use to make table access more efficient. Indexes enhance data access by providing a more-or-less direct path to stored data to avoid performing full table scans to locate the small number of rows you typically want to retrieve or update.

The Teradata Database parallel architecture makes indexing an aid to better performance, not a crutch necessary to ensure adequate performance. Full table scans are not something to be feared in the Teradata Database environment. This means that the sorts of unplanned, ad hoc queries that characterize the data warehouse process, and that often are not supported by indexes, perform very effectively for Teradata Database using full table scans.