Re: What's size of your PostgreSQL Database?

From: Mark Roberts <mailing_lists(at)pandapocket(dot)com>
To: Amber <guxiaobo1982(at)hotmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: What's size of your PostgreSQL Database?
Date: 2008-08-19 17:10:16
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On Sat, 2008-08-16 at 11:42 +0800, Amber wrote:
> Dear all:
> We are currently considering using PostgreSQL to host a read only warehouse, we would like to get some experiences, best practices and performance metrics from the user community, following is the question list:
> 1. What's size of your database?
> 2. What Operating System are you using?
> 3. What level is your RAID array?
> 4. How many cores and memory does your server have?
> 5. What about your performance of join operations?
> 6. What about your performance of load operations?
> 7. How many concurrent readers of your database, and what's the average transfer rate, suppose all readers are doing one table scaning.
> 8. Single instance or a cluster, what cluster software are you using if you have a cluster?
>
> Thank you in advance!

1. 2.5-3TB, several others that are of fractional sisize.

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5. They do pretty well, actually. Our aggregate fact tables regularly
join to metadata tables and we have an average query return time of
10-30s. We do make some usage of denormalized mviews for
chained/hierarchical metadata tables.

6. Load/copy operations are extremely performant. We pretty well
constantly have 10+ concurrent load operations going with 2-3
aggregation processes.

7. About 50, but I'm not sure what the transfer rate is.

8. We have a master and a replica. We have plans to move to a
cluster/grid Soon(TM). It's not an emergency and Postgres can easily
handle and scale to a 3TB database on reasonable hardware (<$30k).

A few notes: our database really can be broken into a very typical ETL
database: medium/high input (write) volume with low latency access
required. I can provide a developer's view of what is necessary to keep
a database of this size running, but I'm under no illusion that it's
actually a "large" database.

I'd go into more details, but I'd hate to be rambling. If anyone's
actually interested about any specific parts, feel free to ask. :)

Also, if you feel that we're doing "something wrong", feel free to
comment there too. :)

-Mark

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