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Re: poor performance of db?

From: Andrei Reinus <andrei(dot)reinus(at)uptime(dot)ee>
To: SpaceBallOne <space_ball_one(at)hotmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: poor performance of db?
Date: 2005-01-24 09:22:13
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SpaceBallOne wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> First time poster to the mailing list here.
> We have been running pgsql for about a year now at a pretty basic 
> level (I guess) as a backend for custom 
> web (intranet) application software. Our database so far is a "huge" 
> (note sarcasm) 10 Mb containing of about 6 or so principle tables. 
> Our 'test' screen we've been using loads a 600kb HTML document which 
> is basically a summary of our client's orders. It took originally 11.5 
> seconds to load in internet explorer (all 10.99 seconds were pretty 
> much taken up by postgres processes on a freebsd server).
> I then re-wrote the page to use a single select query to call all the 
> information needed by PHP to draw the screen. That managed to shave it 
> down to 3.5 seconds... but this so far is as fast as I can get the 
> page to load. Have tried vacuuming and creating indexes but to no 
> avail. (increasing shared mem buffers yet to be done)
> Now heres the funny bit ...
> Every time I tested an idea to speed it up, I got exactly the same 
> loading time on a Athlon 1800+, 256Mb RAM, 20Gb PATA computer as 
> compared to a Dual Opteron 246, 1Gb RAM, 70Gb WD Raptor SATA server. 
> Now, why a dual opteron machine can't perform any faster than a lowly 
> 1800+ athlon in numerous tests is completely beyond me .. increased 
> memory and RAID 0 disc configurations so far have not resulted in any 
> significant performance gain in the opteron server.
> Do these facts sound right? If postgres is meant to be a 200Gb 
> industrial strength database, should it really be taking this long 
> pulling 600kb worth of info from a 10Mb database? And why no 
> performance difference between two vastly different hardware spec'd 
> computers??? Am I missing some vital postgres.conf setting??
> Any advice welcome.
> Thanks,
> Dave
> space_ball_one(at)hotmail(dot)com <mailto:space_ball_one(at)hotmail(dot)com>

Could you give us a bit more info.
What you are trying to do. EXPLAIN ANALYZE would be great.
In my experience first problem with the first db app is no indexes used 
in joining.

-- Andrei Reinus

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