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Re: TB-sized databases

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Pablo Alcaraz <pabloa(at)laotraesquina(dot)com(dot)ar>
Cc: pgsql-performance <pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: TB-sized databases
Date: 2007-11-28 17:28:28
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On Tue, 2007-11-27 at 18:06 -0500, Pablo Alcaraz wrote:
> Simon Riggs wrote:
> > All of those responses have cooked up quite a few topics into one. Large
> > databases might mean text warehouses, XML message stores, relational
> > archives and fact-based business data warehouses.
> >
> > The main thing is that TB-sized databases are performance critical. So
> > it all depends upon your workload really as to how well PostgreSQL, or
> > another other RDBMS vendor can handle them.
> >
> >
> > Anyway, my reason for replying to this thread is that I'm planning
> > changes for PostgreSQL 8.4+ that will make allow us to get bigger and
> > faster databases. If anybody has specific concerns then I'd like to hear
> > them so I can consider those things in the planning stages
> it would be nice to do something with selects so we can recover a rowset 
> on huge tables using a criteria with indexes without fall running a full 
> scan.
> In my opinion, by definition, a huge database sooner or later will have 
> tables far bigger than RAM available (same for their indexes). I think 
> the queries need to be solved using indexes enough smart to be fast on disk.

OK, I agree with this one. 

I'd thought that index-only plans were only for OLTP, but now I see they
can also make a big difference with DW queries. So I'm very interested
in this area now.

  Simon Riggs

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