On 12/11/2013 02:39 PM, Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:
> In this discussion we've mostly used block = 1 postgresql block of 8k. 
> But when reading from a disk once you've read one block you can
> basically read the following ones practically for free.
> So I wonder if you could make your sampling read always 16 consecutive
> blocks, but then use 25-50% of the tuples.  That way you get many more
> tuples for the same amount of disk I/O seeks..

Yeah, that's what I meant by "tune this for the FS".   We'll probably
have to test a lot of different "block sizes" on different FSes before
we arrive at a reasonable size, and even then I'll bet we have to offer
a GUC.

Josh Berkus
PostgreSQL Experts Inc.

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