Re: pg_stat_wal_write statistics view

From: Julien Rouhaud <rjuju123(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Haribabu Kommi <kommi(dot)haribabu(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Kuntal Ghosh <kuntalghosh(dot)2007(at)gmail(dot)com>, Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, Fujii Masao <masao(dot)fujii(at)gmail(dot)com>, Amit Kapila <amit(dot)kapila16(at)gmail(dot)com>, "pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: pg_stat_wal_write statistics view
Date: 2017-09-22 07:46:40
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On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 3:01 AM, Haribabu Kommi
<kommi(dot)haribabu(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> I ran the latest performance tests with and without IO times, there is an
> overhead involved with IO time calculation and didn't observe any
> performance
> overhead with normal stats. May be we can enable the IO stats only in the
> development environment to find out the IO stats?

-1 for me to have these columns depending on a GUC *and* wether it's a
debug or assert build (unless this behaviour already exists for other
functions, but AFAIK that's not the case).

> I added the other background stats to find out how much WAL write is
> carried out by the other background processes. Now I am able to collect
> the stats for the other background processes also after the pgbench test.
> So I feel now the separate background stats may be useful.
> Attached latest patch, performance test results and stats details with
> separate background stats and also combine them with backend including
> the IO stats also.

The results seem to vary too much to have a strong opinion, but it
looks like the timing instrumentation can be too expensive, so I'd be
-1 on adding this overhead to track_io_timing.

I have some minor comments on the last patch:

+ <row>
+ <entry><structfield>backend_writes</></entry>
+ <entry><type>bigint</type></entry>
+ <entry>Number of WAL writes that are carried out by the backend

it should be backend processes

+ TupleDesc tupdesc;

For consistency, the #define should be just before the tupdesc
declaration, and be named PG_STAT_GET_WALWRITE_COLS

+ PgStat_Counter backend_writes; /* No of writes by backend */

+ PgStat_Counter backend_dirty_writes; /* No of dirty writes by
+ * backend when WAL buffers
+ * full */

+ PgStat_Counter backend_write_blocks; /* Total no of pages
written by backend */

+ PgStat_Counter backend_total_write_time; /* Total write time in
+ * milliseconds by backend */

+ PgStat_Counter backend_total_sync_time; /* Total write time in
+ * milliseconds by backend */

these comments should all be say "backends" for consistency

+-- There will surely and maximum one record
+select count(*) > 0 as ok from pg_stat_walwrites;

The test should be count(*) = 1

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