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Re: sinval synchronization considered harmful

From: Noah Misch <noah(at)2ndQuadrant(dot)com>
To: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: sinval synchronization considered harmful
Date: 2011-07-27 17:58:11
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On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 01:30:47PM -0400, Robert Haas wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM, Noah Misch <noah(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com> wrote:
> > [wrong objection]
> Eh, how can this possibly happen?  You have to hold msgNumLock to to
> set maxMsgNum and msgNumLock to read maxMsgNum.  If that's not enough
> to guarantee that we never read a stale value, what is?

Indeed, my analysis was all wrong.

> > I think a benchmark is in order, something like 900 idle connections and 80
> > connections running small transactions that create a few temporary tables.  If
> > that shows no statistically significant regression, then we're probably fine
> > here.  I'm not sure what result to expect, honestly.
> That's setting the bar pretty high.  I don't mind doing the
> experiment, but I'm not sure that's the case we should be optimizing
> for.

Granted.  How about 32 clients running the temporary table transaction, no idle
connections?  Given the meager benefit of this patch compared to your previous
version, it would be hard to justify a notable performance drop in return.

> > What did you think of making the message number a uint64, removing wraparound
> > handling, and retaining SISeg.msgnumLock for 32-bit only?  You could isolate the
> > variant logic in READ_MSGNUM and WRITE_MSGNUM macros.
> Well, what you really need to know is whether the platform has 8-byte
> atomic stores, which doesn't seem trivial to figure out, plus you need
> a memory fence.  If that's the only method of fixing this problem we
> can agree on, I'm willing to work on it, but an
> architecture-independent fix would be nicer.

Fair enough.


Noah Misch          
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