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Re: [HACKERS] Development Plans

From: Neil Conway <neilc(at)samurai(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Development Plans
Date: 2005-02-28 00:22:26
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Tom Lane wrote:
> I wouldn't mind seeing people be a little more vocal on the hackers list
> about what they plan to be doing, just so that there's not duplication
> of effort.

Stuff I have done in some form that I need to finish up and submit:

- GiST improvements: sane memory management, 10% scan perf. improvement 
(not sure if I'll get to WAL and page-level locking for 8.1)

- CREATE TABLE AS overhaul & SQL 2003 compliance

- pl/pgsql dead code checking (only for trivially-dead code)

- default_with_oids=true by default

- use # of CPUs at runtime to adjust spinlock behavior for UP systems

Interested in looking at for 8.1 but no code yet:

- PREPARE planning improvements (at the least, do the planning when we 
see the first EXECUTE, as in the fe/be protocol-level prepared statements)

- various planner improvements; haven't really decided what specifically 
to do, yet

- logical column ordering, and possibly repacking of physical order of 
columns to optimize disk space consumption by reducing alignment/padding 


- UNIQUE predicate per SQL2003

Investigated, probably not worth pursuing:

- GCC PGO support. At least in GCC 3.4, PGO is sufficiently flaky it 
isn't really worth adding support for it. Maybe I'll take another look 
when GCC 4.0 is out.

- futexes in PG spinlocks. Didn't solve the CS problem, perf. 
improvement possibly (?) not worth the portability headaches.

(Of course, absolutely no guarantees that I actually get around to 
implementing any of this stuff, this is just what's on my mind at the 


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