On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote: > Maybe, or maybe not, but I think it does say that we should be very wary > of proposals to force data structure alignment without any testing of the > consequences.
Sure. see for instance http://igoro.com/archive/gallery-of-processor-cache-effects/ >From what I understand what Andres is suggesting is ensuring that each BufferDescriptor is sitting entirely in one cache line. That seems very unlikely to be worse than having a BufferDescriptor spanning two cache lines and being on the same cache line as the adjacent BufferDescriptors. But this all depends on knowing the length of the cache lines. I see a lot of confusion online over whether cache lines are 64 bytes, 128 bytes, or other length even just on Intel architectures, let alone others. I wonder if there are any generic tools to optimize array/structure layouts based on cachegrind profiling or something like that. Then we wouldn't need to know the oddities ourselves and optimize manually. We could maybe even do it on the build farm and select the right profile at build time by matching build target information. -- greg -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (email@example.com) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers