Re: [HACKERS] Block level parallel vacuum

From: Masahiko Sawada <sawada(dot)mshk(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Michael Paquier <michael(dot)paquier(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Amit Langote <Langote_Amit_f8(at)lab(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp>, Thomas Munro <thomas(dot)munro(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, David Steele <david(at)pgmasters(dot)net>, Claudio Freire <klaussfreire(at)gmail(dot)com>, Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, Amit Kapila <amit(dot)kapila16(at)gmail(dot)com>, Pavan Deolasee <pavan(dot)deolasee(at)gmail(dot)com>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Block level parallel vacuum
Date: 2018-08-14 00:31:23
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On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Michael Paquier
<michael(dot)paquier(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 5:54 AM, Masahiko Sawada <sawada(dot)mshk(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
>> Yeah, I was thinking the commit is relevant with this issue but as
>> Amit mentioned this error is emitted by DROP SCHEMA CASCASE.
>> I don't find out the cause of this issue yet. With the previous
>> version patch, autovacuum workers were woking with one parallel worker
>> but it never drops relations. So it's possible that the error might
>> not have been relevant with the patch but anywayI'll continue to work
>> on that.
> This depends on the extension lock patch from
> if I am following correctly. So I propose to mark this patch as
> returned with feedback for now, and come back to it once the root
> problems are addressed. Feel free to correct me if you think that's
> not adapted.

I've re-designed the parallel vacuum patch. Attached the latest
version patch. As the discussion so far, this patch depends on the
extension lock patch[1]. However I think we can discuss the design
part of parallel vacuum independently from that patch. That's way I'm
proposing the new patch. In this patch, I structured and refined the
lazy_scan_heap() because it's a single big function and not suitable
for making it parallel.

The parallel vacuum worker processes keep waiting for commands from
the parallel vacuum leader process. Before entering each phase of lazy
vacuum such as scanning heap, vacuum index and vacuum heap, the leader
process changes the all workers state to the next state. Vacuum worker
processes do the job according to the their state and wait for the
next command after finished. Also in before entering the next phase,
the leader process does some preparation works while vacuum workers is
sleeping; for example, clearing shared dead tuple space before
entering the 'scanning heap' phase. The status of vacuum workers are
stored into a DSM area pointed by WorkerState variables, and
controlled by the leader process. FOr the basic design and performance
improvements please refer to my presentation at PGCon 2018[2].

The number of parallel vacuum workers is determined according to
either the table size or PARALLEL option in VACUUM command. The
maximum of parallel workers is max_parallel_maintenance_workers.

I've separated the code for vacuum worker process to
backends/commands/vacuumworker.c, and created
includes/commands/vacuum_internal.h file to declare the definitions
for the lazy vacuum.

For autovacuum, this patch allows autovacuum worker process to use the
parallel option according to the relation size or the reloption. But
autovacuum delay, since there is no slots for parallel worker of
autovacuum in AutoVacuumShmem this patch doesn't support the change of
the autovacuum delay configuration during running.

Please apply this patch with the extension lock patch[1] when testing
as this patch can try to extend visibility map pages concurrently.



Masahiko Sawada
NTT Open Source Software Center

Attachment Content-Type Size
v7-0001-Publish-some-parallel-heap-scan-functions.patch application/octet-stream 2.2 KB
v7-0002-Add-parallel-option-to-lazy-vacuum.patch application/octet-stream 143.8 KB


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