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Re: Limited performance on multi core server

From: Matthew Lunnon <mlunnon(at)rwa-net(dot)co(dot)uk>
To: Sven Geisler <sgeisler(at)aeccom(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Limited performance on multi core server
Date: 2007-12-12 11:06:19
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Limiting the queries was our initial thought but we then hit a problem 
with connection pooling which didn't implement a fifo algorithm.  Looks 
like I'll have to look deeper into the connection pooling.

So you think the problem might be context switching on the server, I'll 
take a closer look at the this



Sven Geisler wrote:
> Hi Matthew,
> I know exactly what you experience.
> We had a 4-way DC Opteron and Pg 7.4 too.
> You should monitor context switches.
> First suggest upgrade to 8.2.5 because the scale up is much better with 8.2.
> You need to limit the number of concurrent queries to less than 8 (8
> cores) if you need to stay with Pg 7.4.
> The memory setting is looking good to me. I would increase sort_mem and
> effective_cache_size, but this would solve your problem.
> Best regards
> Sven.
> Matthew Lunnon schrieb:
>> Hi,
>> I have a 4 * dual core 64bit AMD OPTERON server with 16G of RAM, running
>> postgres 7.4.3.  This has been recompiled on the server for 64 stored
>> procedure parameters, (I assume this makes postgres 64 bit but are not
>> sure).  When the server gets under load from database connections
>> executing reads, lets say 20 - 40 concurrent reads, the CPU's seem to
>> limit at about 30-35% usage with no iowait reported. If I run a simple
>> select at this time it takes 5 seconds, the same query runs in 300
>> millis when the server is not under load so it seems that the database
>> is not performing well even though there is plenty of spare CPU.  There
>> does not appear to be large amounts of disk IO and my database is about
>> 5.5G so this should fit comfortably in RAM.
>> changes to postgresql.sql:
>> max_connections = 500
>> shared_buffers = 96000
>> sort_mem = 10240
>> effective_cache_size = 1000000
>> Does anyone have any ideas what my bottle neck might be and what I can
>> do about it?
>> Thanks for any help.
>> Matthew.
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