On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 12:53 PM, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote: > I coincidentally got pinged about our current approach causing > performance problems on FreeBSD and started writing a patch. The > problem there appears to be that constantly attaching events to the read > pipe end, from multiple processes, causes significant contention inside > the kernel. Which isn't that surprising. That's distinct from the > problem netbsd/openbsd reported a while back (superflous wakeups). > > That person said he'd work on adding an equivalent of linux' > prctl(PR_SET_PDEATHSIG) to FreeBSD.
Just an idea, not tested: what about a reusable WaitEventSet with zero timeout? Using the kqueue patch, that'd call kevent() which'd return immediately and tell you if any postmaster death notifications had arrive on your queue since last time you asked. It doesn't even touch the pipe, or any other kernel objects apart from your own queue IIUC. -- Thomas Munro http://www.enterprisedb.com