Here is the next patch version.
The naming and style concerns have been addressed. The patch now only
touches 5 files. 4 of those files are hashjoin specific and 1 is to
add a couple lines to a hashjoin specific struct in another file.
The code can now find the the MCVs in more cases. Even if the probe
side is an operator other than a seq scan (such as another hashjoin)
the code can now find the stats tuple for the underlying relation.
The new idea of limiting the number of MCVs to a percentage of memory
has not been added yet.
- Bryce Cutt
On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 8:55 PM, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
>> I think that setting aside a minimum percentage of work_mem may be a
>> reasonable approach. For instance, setting aside 1% at even 1 MB
>> work_mem would be 10 KB which is enough to store about 40 MCV tuples of
>> the TPC-H database. Such a small percentage would be very unlikely (but
>> still possible) to change the number of batches used. Then, given the
>> memory allocation and the known tuple size + overhead, only that number
>> of MCVs are selected for the MCV table regardless how many there are.
>> The MCV table size would then increase as work_mem is changed up to a
>> maximum given by the number of MCVs.
> Sounds fine. Maybe 2-3% would be better.
>> The code when building the MCV hash table keeps track of the order of
>> insertion of the best MCVs. It then flushes the MCV partitions in
>> decreasing order of frequency of MCVs. Thus, by the end of the build
>> partitioning phase the MCV hash table should only store the most
>> frequent MCV tuples. Even with many-to-many joins as long as we keep
>> all build tuples that have a given MCV in memory, then everything is
>> fine. You would get into problems if you only flushed some of the
>> tuples of a certain MCV but that will not happen.
> OK, I'll read it again - I must not have understood.
> It would be good to post an updated patch soon, even if not everything
> has been addressed.
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