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Re: [NOVICE] Hardware needed for 15,000,000 record DB?

From: Mathieu Arnold <mat(at)mat(dot)cc>
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org, pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [NOVICE] Hardware needed for 15,000,000 record DB?
Date: 2002-04-22 06:29:57
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--On dimanche 21 avril 2002 19:25 -0400 pdg(at)stratos(dot)net wrote:

> Hello,  :-)
> Can someone help me spec out the hardware needed for a simple web-based
> database app?
> Basically, that application needs to lookup a single row by its primary
> key. This would be fairly straightforward, except that the table needs to
> contain up to 15 million records.  Each row will contain approximately 25
> variable length CHAR fields with perhaps a total of 3 to 4 kilobytes of
> data per row.
> Updates will be done nightly via some sort of a batch process.
> What kind of hardware would be needed for this sort of application? The
> queries are not complex, it's just a lot of data.
> Would a midrange Celeron processor with 256 MB RAM be sufficient? How
> would backups work for a database this large?
> Is PostgreSQL even the best database engine for this app? Perhaps MySQL?
> Or maybe a Microsoft solution?

well, I have a server with a database over 7GB, and :

backup=> select count(*) from file;
(1 row)

backup=> explain analyze select * from file where id_file = 29000000;

Index Scan using file_pkey on file  (cost=0.00..3.18 rows=1 width=117) 
(actual time=0.60..0.61 rows=1 loops=1)
Total runtime: 0.77 msec

and it's an old poor :
hda: IBM-DTLA-307030, ATA DISK drive

ps: the select count(*) took a long time, but I believe that was because 
there was a batch running and feeding the db :)
Mathieu Arnold

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