On Tue, 2007-03-27 at 20:48 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> "Simon Riggs" <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com> writes:
> > It seems possible to reduce overall WAL volume by roughly 25% on common
> > workloads by optimising the way UPDATE statements generate WAL.
> This seems a huge amount of work to optimize *one* benchmark.
Please don't beat me with that. I wouldn't suggest it if I didn't think
it would help real users. The analysis of the WAL volume was done using
a benchmark, but only as a guide to indicate likely usage patterns.
There aren't many real world heavy UPDATE scenarios to analyze right now
because people have previously actively avoided such usage.
> If it
> weren't so narrowly focused on the properties of a particular benchmark
> (mostly UPDATE, mostly a few columns in wide tuples), I'd get more
Updating the current balance on a Customer Account is one of the main
focus areas for HOT. Those records are typically at least 250 bytes
long, so we can save ~200 bytes of WAL per UPDATE for the most frequent
types of UPDATE. Sure, not all UPDATEs would be optimised, but then they
are much less frequent.
As I mentioned, the WAL volume is disproportionately generated by
UPDATEs of longer rows, so optimising WAL for just a few tables can make
a big difference to the overall volume.
> The extra time spent holding exclusive lock on the page
> doesn't sound attractive either ...
Agreed, thats why I set a fairly high bar for when this would kick in.
The fewer rows on a page, the less contention.
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