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Re: Using multiple cores for index creation?

From: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: henk de wit <henk53602(at)hotmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Using multiple cores for index creation?
Date: 2009-01-29 23:09:53
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On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM, henk de wit <henk53602(at)hotmail(dot)com> wrote:
> Hi,
> When I try to restore a database dump on PostgreSQL 8.3
> that's approximately 130GB in size and takes about 1 hour, I noticed index
> creation makes up the bulk of that time. I'm using a very fast I/O subsystem
> (16 Mtron Pro 7535 SSDs using a dual 1.2Ghz IOP/4GB cache RAID controller),
> fast CPUs (2 quad core C2Q's at 2.6Ghz) and 32GB RAM. From monitoring the
> restore process, I learned that only 10 minutes is spend doing IO, while the
> rest of the time is spend on creating the indexes. Index creation seems to
> be completely CPU bound.
> The problem is that only 1 CPU core is used. My other 7 cores are just
> sitting there doing nothing. It seems to me that creating each index,
> especially for different tables, is something that can be done
> independently.
> Is there some way I can let PostgreSQL use multiple cores for creating the
> indexes?

Andrew Dunstan has been working on this problem.  His latest parallel
restore patch can be found here:


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