On 10/04/18 04:36, Thomas Munro wrote:
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'

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.

Hmm. In PostmasterIsAlive(), you'd still need to call kevent() to check if postmaster has died. It would just replace the current read() syscall on the pipe with the kevent() syscall. Is it faster?

- Heikki

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