tsm_system_time module provides the table sampling method
SYSTEM_TIME, which can be used in the
TABLESAMPLE clause of a SELECT command.
This table sampling method accepts a single floating-point argument that is the maximum number of milliseconds to spend reading the table. This gives you direct control over how long the query takes, at the price that the size of the sample becomes hard to predict. The resulting sample will contain as many rows as could be read in the specified time, unless the whole table has been read first.
Like the built-in
SYSTEM sampling method,
SYSTEM_TIME performs block-level sampling, so that the sample is not completely random but may be subject to clustering effects, especially if only a small number of rows are selected.
SYSTEM_TIME does not support the
This module is considered “trusted”, that is, it can be installed by non-superusers who have
CREATE privilege on the current database.
Here is an example of selecting a sample of a table with
SYSTEM_TIME. First install the extension:
CREATE EXTENSION tsm_system_time;
Then you can use it in a
SELECT command, for instance:
SELECT * FROM my_table TABLESAMPLE SYSTEM_TIME(1000);
This command will return as large a sample of
my_table as it can read in 1 second (1000 milliseconds). Of course, if the whole table can be read in under 1 second, all its rows will be returned.