Quoth dingxn(at)cse(dot)ohio-state(dot)edu (Xiaoning Ding):
> When I run multiple TPC-H queries (DBT3) on postgresql, I found the system
> is not scalable. My machine has 8GB memory, and 4 Xeon Dual Core processor
> ( 8 cores in total). OS kernel is linux 2.6.9. Postgresql is 7.3.18. I
> I think it might be caused by some contentions. But I do not know postgresql
> much. May anybody give me some clue to find the reasons?
Two primary issues:
1. You're running a horrendously ancient version of PostgreSQL. The
7.3 series is Really Old. Newer versions have *enormous*
improvements that are likely to be *enormously* relevant.
Upgrade to 8.2.
2. There are known issues with the combination of Xeon processors and
PAE memory addressing; that sort of hardware tends to be *way* less
speedy than the specs would suggest.
There have been "context switching" issues on this sort of hardware
that are enormously worsened if you're running on a version of
PostgreSQL that is 4 major releases out of date.
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