On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Andreas Karlsson <andr...@proxel.se> wrote:
> Hi,
> There was recently talk about if we should start using 128-bit integers
> (where available) to speed up the aggregate functions over integers which
> uses numeric for their internal state. So I hacked together a patch for this
> to see what the performance gain would be.
> Previous thread:
> http://www.postgresql.org/message-id/20141017182500.gf2...@alap3.anarazel.de
> What the patch does is switching from using numerics in the aggregate state
> to int128 and then convert the type from the 128-bit integer in the final
> function.
> The functions where we can make use of int128 states are:
> - sum(int8)
> - avg(int8)
> - var_*(int2)
> - var_*(int4)
> - stdev_*(int2)
> - stdev_*(int4)
> The initial benchmark results look very promising. When summing 10 million
> int8 I get a speedup of ~2.5x and similarly for var_samp() on 10 million
> int4 I see a speed up of ~3.7x. To me this indicates that it is worth the
> extra code. What do you say? Is this worth implementing?



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