On 26 Sep 2002 at 19:05, Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 26, 2002 at 02:05:44PM +0530, Shridhar Daithankar wrote:
> > 1) Database load time from flat file using copy is very high
> > 2) Creating index takes huge amount of time.
> > 3) Any suggsestions for runtime as data load and query will be going in 
> > parallel.
> You're loading all the data in one copy. I find that INSERTs are mostly
> limited by indexes. While index lookups are cheap, they are not free and
> each index needs to be updated for each row.
> I fond using partial indexes to only index the rows you actually use can
> help with the loading. It's a bit obscure though.
> As for parallel loading, you'll be limited mostly by your I/O bandwidth.
> Have you measured it to take sure it's up to speed?

Well. It's like this, as of now.. CreateDB->create table->create index->Select.

So loading is not slowed by index. As of your hint of vmstat, will check it 
> So you're loading at a rate of 860KB per sec. That's not too fast. How many
> indexes are active at that time? Triggers and foreign keys also take their
> toll.

Nothing except the table where data os  loaded..

> fsync IIRC only affects the WAL buffers now but it may be quite expensive,
> especially considering it's running on every transaction commit. Oh, your
> WAL files are on a seperate disk from the data?

No. Same RAID 5 disks..

> It shouldn't. Do you have an idea of what your CPU usage is? ps aux should
> give you a decent idea.

I guess we forgot to monitor system parameters. Next on my list is running 
vmstat, top and tuning bdflush.
> Find the bottleneck: CPU, I/O or memory?

> > Mysql is almost out because it's creating index for last 17 hours. I don't 
> > think it will keep up with 5K inserts per sec. with index. SAP DB is under 
> > evaluation too. But postgresql is most favourite as of now because it works. So 
> > I need to come up with solutions to problems that will occur in near future..
> > ;-)
> 17 hours! Ouch. Either way, you should be able to do much better. Hope this
> helps,

Heh.. no wonder this evaluation is taking more than 2 weeks.. Mysql was running 
out of disk space while creating index and crashin. An upgrade to mysql helped 
there but no numbers as yet..

Thanks once again...

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When in doubt, mumble.

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