On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:58 AM, Gavin Wahl <gavinw...@gmail.com> wrote:
> It seems trivial to accelerate a MAX or MIN query with a BRIN index. You
> just find the page range with the largest/smallest value, and then only scan
> that one.

You might need to scan more than that if you don't find any rows that
are visible.

> Would that be hard to implement? I'm interested in working on it
> if someone can give me some pointers.
> Somewhat harder but still possible would be using BRIN indexes to accelerate
> ORDER BY. This would require a sorting algorithm that can take advantage of
> mostly-sorted inputs. You would sort the page ranges by their minimum or
> maximum value, then feed the sorting algorithm in that order.

Currently you get a Bitmap Index Scan and Bitmap Heap Scan, and then a
Sort node (quicksort or external sort).  So the sort is already
receiving data sorted in BRIN-block order, isn't it?  Are you saying
that the sort node should switch to something like insertion sort in
this case?


Thomas Munro

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