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Re: GIN index creation extremely slow ?

From: Oleg Bartunov <oleg(at)sai(dot)msu(dot)su>
To: Stefan Kaltenbrunner <stefan(at)kaltenbrunner(dot)cc>
Cc: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: GIN index creation extremely slow ?
Date: 2006-06-26 21:48:13
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gin uses maintenance_work_mem,so try to increase it and see dramatic

On Mon, 26 Jun 2006, Stefan Kaltenbrunner wrote:

> on IRC somebody mentioned that it took >34h to greate a GIN index (on a
> tsvector) on a ~3 Million column table (wikipedia dump) with a
> reasonable speced box (AMD 3400+).
> After getting hold of a dump of said table (around 4,1GB in size) I
> managed to get the following timings:
> test=# CREATE INDEX idxFTI_idx ON wikipedia USING gist(vector);
> Time: 416122.896 ms
> so about 7 minutes - sounds very reasonable
> test=# CREATE INDEX idxFTI2_idx ON wikipedia USING gin(vector);
> Time: 52681605.101 ms
> ouch - that makes for a whoppy 14,6hours(!). During that time the box is
> completely CPU bottlenecked and during virtually no IO at all - (varing
> maintainance_work_mem does not seem to make any noticable difference).
> That box is a fast Dual Opteron 2.6Ghz with 8GB RAM and a 4 disk RAID10
> for the WAL and 12 disks for the data running a very recent -HEAD
> checkout ...
> It looks like we still don't have any docs for GIN in the tree so I
> don't know if those timings are expected or not ...
> Stefan
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