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Re: Escaping the ARC patent

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Escaping the ARC patent
Date: 2005-02-04 17:05:04
Message-ID: 200502041705.j14H54G12645@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us> writes:
> > So are you saying you are making T1, T2, B1, and B2 a fixed percentage
> > of the buffer cache rather than making them adjust over time?
> 
> B2 goes away entirely (if we keep four lists we violate claim 45) and
> the other lists become fixed length, yes.
> 
> We could also contemplate making them variable length according to some
> other set of rules than ARC's, but then you get into having to parse the
> other sixty-odd claims of the patent and decide what is a "different
> enough" rule.
> 
> At the moment I'm not seeing evidence that a variable policy beats a
> fixed policy anyway.  Unless someone comes up with a benchmark showing a
> substantial advantage for ARC over 2Q, I think we should just declare
> victory over this problem.  We have plenty of other tasks on our plates.

Agreed.

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