> > > But how Oracle handles this?
> > Oracle doesn't have non-overwriting storage manager but uses
> > rollback segments to maintain MVCC. Rollback segments are used
> > to restore valid version of entire index/table page.
> Are there any plans to have something like this? I mean
> overwriting storage manager.
Well, I have plans to reimplement storage manager to allow space
re-use without vacuum but without switching to overwriting, at least
in near future - achievements/drawbacks are still questionable.
We could add transaction data to index tuples but this would increase
their size by ~ 16bytes. To estimate how this would affect performance
for mostly statical tables one can run tests with schema below:
create table i1 (i int, k int, l char(16));
create index i_i1 on i1 (i);
create table i2 (i int, k int, l char(16));
create index i_i2 on i2 (i, k, l);
Now fill tables with same data and run queries using only "I" in where
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