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Re: bigserial vs serial - which one I'd have to use?

From: Ron Johnson <ron(dot)l(dot)johnson(at)cox(dot)net>
To: PgSQL Performance ML <pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: bigserial vs serial - which one I'd have to use?
Date: 2003-01-27 19:55:04
Message-ID: 1043697304.9899.60.camel@haggis (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-performance
On Mon, 2003-01-27 at 13:33, Josh Berkus wrote:
> Medve,
> > Have you got any data (ie in percentage) of around how much more CPU
> > work needed with the bigserial type in the queries?
> > 
> > I have a log database with 100million records (the biggest table
> > contains 65million records) and I use bigserial data type as primary key
> > now. The primary key looks this way: YYYYMMDD1xxxxxxx where the first 8
> > numbers are the date, and the x's are the record sequence number on that
> > day. This way the records are in ascendant order. Almost all of the
> > queries contains date constraints (PK like 'YYYYMMDD%'). I'd like to
> > know if I do it in a stupid way or not. I'm not a DBA expert so every
> > idea are welcome. If you need more information about the
> > hardware/software environment, the DB structure then I'll post them.
> Given that structure, I'd personally create a table with a 2-column primary 
> key, one column of type DATE and one SERIAL column.  Alternately, if you find 
> the conversion of DATE to char for output purposes really slows things down, 
> one column of INT and one of SERIAL.    Either way, the two columns together 
> make up the primary key.
> I would definitely suggest avoiting the temptation to do this as a single 
> column of type CHAR().   That would be vastly more costly than either 
> strategy mentioned above:
> DATE + SERIAL (INT) = 8 bytes

Ah, cool.  I thought DATE was 8 bytes.  Should have RTFM, of course.

> INT + SERIAL (INT) = 8 bytes
> CHAR(16) = 18 bytes

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