On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM, Peter Geoghegan <p...@heroku.com> wrote:
>> I do think that's a problem with our sort implementation, but it's not
>> clear to me whether it's *more* of a problem for parallel sort than it
>> is for single-backend sort.
> If you'll forgive me for going on about my patch on this thread, I
> think the pgbench "-c 4" and "-c 1" cases that I tested suggest it is
> a particular problem for parallel sorts, as there is a much bigger
> both absolute and proportional difference in transaction throughput
> between those two with the patch applied. It seems reasonable to
> suppose the difference would be larger still if we were considering a
> single parallel sort, as opposed to multiple independent sorts (of the
> same data) that happen to occur in parallel.

I think that I may have been too optimistic when I said that there was
an apparent trend of memory bandwidth per core merely stagnating:


As slide 8 indicates, memory capacity per core is expected to go down
30% every two years, while the trend for memory bandwidth per core is
even worse.

Peter Geoghegan

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