On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 2:13 PM, Peter Geoghegan <p...@heroku.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 4:04 AM, Amit Kapila <amit.kapil...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Your point is genuine, but OTOH let us say if max_parallel_degree = 1 means
>> parallelism is disabled then when somebody sets max_parallel_degree = 2,
>> then it looks somewhat odd to me that, it will mean that 1 worker process
>> can be used for parallel query.
> I'm not sure that that has to be true.
> What is the argument for only using one worker process, say in the
> case of parallel seq scan? I understand that parallel seq scan can
> consume tuples itself, which seems like a good principle, but how far
> does it go, and how useful is it in the general case? I'm not
> suggesting that it isn't, but I'm not sure.
> How common is it for the leader process to do anything other than
> coordinate and consume from worker processes?

1 worker is often a very big speedup vs. 0 workers, and the work can
easily be evenly distributed between the worker and the leader.

Robert Haas
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