Heikki Linnakangas <heikki.linnakan...@enterprisedb.com> writes:
> On 10.05.2011 20:15, Simon Riggs wrote:
>> I can picture that. Regrettably, I can also picture the accesses to
>> the visibility map, the maintenance operations on the VM that are
>> needed for this and the contention that both of those will cause.

> I agree that we need to do tests to demonstrate that there's a gain from 
> the patch, once we have a patch to test. I would be very surprised if 
> there isn't, but that just means the testing is going to be easy.

I think Simon's point is that showing a gain on specific test cases
isn't a sufficient argument.  What we need to know about this sort of
change is what is the distributed overhead that is going to be paid by
*everybody*, whether their queries benefit from the optimization or not.
And what fraction of real-world queries really do benefit, and to what
extent.  Isolated test cases (undoubtedly chosen to show off the
optimization) are not adequate to form a picture of the overall cost and

                        regards, tom lane

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