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Re: Tuning planner cost estimates

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com
Cc: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <decibel(at)decibel(dot)org>,pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Tuning planner cost estimates
Date: 2005-05-23 20:46:21
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On Fri, 2005-05-20 at 15:23 -0700, Josh Berkus wrote:
> > Well, that raises an interesting issue, because AFAIK none of the cost
> > estimate functions currently do that. Heck, AFAIK even the piggyback
> > seqscan code doesn't take other seqscans into account.
> Sure.   But you're striving for greater accuracy, no?
> Actually, all that's really needed in the way of concurrent activity is a 
> calculated factor that lets us know how likely a particular object is to be 
> cached, either in the fs cache or the pg cache (with different factors for 
> each presumably) based on history.   Right now, that's based on 
> estimated_cache_size, which is rather innacurate: a table which is queried 
> once a month has the exact same cost factors as one which is queried every 
> 2.1 seconds.  This would mean an extra column in pg_stats I suppose.

Hmmm...not sure that would be a good thing.

effective_cache_size isn't supposed to be set according to how much of a
table is in cache when the query starts. The setting is supposed to
reflect how much cache is *available* for the current index scan, when
performing an index scan on a table that is not in clustered sequence.
The more out of sequence the table is, the more memory is required to
avoid doing any repeated I/Os during the scan. Of course, if there are
many users, the available cache may be much reduced.

Best regards, Simon Riggs

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