> Bruno Wolff III <bruno(at)wolff(dot)to> writes:
> > Should I leave postgres tuning alone and let Linux use all of the memory
> > for buffer caching?
> You shouldn't try to make Postgres consume *all* of memory for buffers;
> for one thing, if the shmem region is too large then (at least on some
> Unixen, not sure about Linux) the kernel might decide to swap out parts
> of it. That'd be counterproductive. However:
If it pages out, it also maps that shared virtual memory into every
forked backend. That can be lots of page tables.
> > Is there any good reason to increase the number of buffers per backend over
> > the default of 2?
> Yes. Particularly so under 7.1 --- WAL likes to have a lot of buffers
> so that it doesn't have to write data to data files too often. I'd
> recommend perhaps a few thousand buffers depending on how much RAM you
> have (maybe 10-20% of your physical RAM would be a reasonable upper
> limit on how much space for buffers).
> > Why I am not seeing consitant wall clock times for queries? Presumably
> > there is some caching going on, but I am not sure if it is in postgres
> > or in the OS.
> Both: we have our buffer area, and then the kernel has its own buffers.
> We can make good use of kernel-level buffering as well as our shared-memory
> buffers, so there's no reason to try to starve the kernel of buffer space.
Our shared buffers allow us to modify them without copying them in/out
of the kernel.
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