I can support Scott. You should turn on HT if you see high values for CS.
I do have a few customers running a web-based 3-tier application with
PostgreSQL. We had to turn off HT to have better overall performance.
The issue is the behavior under high load. I notice that HT on does
Just a question. Which version of XEON do you have? What is does the
server have as memory architecture.
I think, Dual-Core XEON's are no issue. One of our customers does use a
4-way Dual-Core Opteron 875 since a few months. We have Pg 8.0.3 and it
runs perfect. I have to say that we use a special patch from Tom which
fix an issue with the looking of shared buffers and the Opteron.
I notice that this patch is also useful for XEON's with EMT64.
Anjan Dave schrieb:
> Yes, it's turned on, unfortunately it got overlooked during the setup,
> and until now...!
> It's mostly a 'read' application, I increased the vm.max-readahead to
> 2048 from the default 256, after which I've not seen the CS storm,
> though it could be incidental.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Marlowe [mailto:smarlowe(at)g2switchworks(dot)com]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 3:38 PM
> To: Anjan Dave
> Cc: Tom Lane; Vivek Khera; Postgresql Performance
> Subject: Re: [PERFORM] High context switches occurring
> On Tue, 2005-11-22 at 14:33, Anjan Dave wrote:
>>Is there any way to get a temporary relief from this Context Switching
>>storm? Does restarting postmaster help?
>>It seems that I can recreate the heavy CS with just one SELECT
>>statement...and then when multiple such SELECT queries are coming in,
>>things just get hosed up until we cancel a bunch of queries...
> Is your machine a hyperthreaded one? Some folks have found that turning
> off hyper threading helps. I knew it made my servers better behaved in
> the past.
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