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Re: GPU Accelerated Sorting

From: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Eliot Gable <egable(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: GPU Accelerated Sorting
Date: 2010-09-21 19:27:59
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On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Eliot Gable <egable(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> Not sure if anyone else saw this, but it struck me as an interesting
> idea if it could be added to PostgreSQL. GPU accelerated database
> operations could be very... interesting. Of course, this could be
> difficult to do in a way that usefully increases performance of
> PostgreSQL, but I'll leave that up to you guys to figure out.

It would be hard to use this because, in addition to the fact that
this is specific to a very particular type of hardware, it only works
if you're trying to do a very particular type of sort.  For example,
it wouldn't handle multi-byte characters properly.  And it wouldn't
handle integers properly either - you'd end up sorting negatives after
positives.  You could possibly still find applications for it but
they'd be quite narrow, I think.

Robert Haas
The Enterprise Postgres Company

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