On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 11:58 PM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 12:33 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> >
> > Gather is a bit weird, because although it can project (and needs to,
> > per the example of needing to compute a non-parallel-safe function),
> > you would rather push down as much work as possible to the child node;
> > and doing so is semantically OK for parallel-safe functions.  (Pushing
> > functions down past a Sort node, for a counterexample, is not so OK
> > if you are concerned about function evaluation order, or even number
> > of executions.)
> >
> > In the current code structure it would perhaps be reasonable to teach
> > apply_projection_to_path about that --- although this would require
> > logic to separate parallel-safe and non-parallel-safe subexpressions,
> > which doesn't quite seem like something apply_projection_to_path
> > should be doing.
> I think for v1 it would be fine to make this all-or-nothing; that's
> what I had in mind to do.  That is, if the entire tlist is
> parallel-safe, push it all down.  If not, let the workers just return
> the necessary Vars and have Gather compute the final tlist.

I find it quite convenient to teach apply_projection_to_path() to push down
target-list beneath Gather node, when targetlist contains parallel-safe
expression.  Attached patch implements pushing targetlist beneath gather

Below is output of a simple test which shows the effect of implementation.

Without Patch -
postgres=# explain verbose select c1+2 from t1 where c1<10;
                                 QUERY PLAN
 Gather  (cost=0.00..44420.43 rows=30 width=4)
   Output: (c1 + 2)
   Number of Workers: 2
   ->  Parallel Seq Scan on public.t1  (cost=0.00..44420.35 rows=13 width=4)
         Output: c1
         Filter: (t1.c1 < 10)
(6 rows)

With Patch -
postgres=# explain verbose select c1+2 from t1 where c1<10;
                                 QUERY PLAN
 Gather  (cost=0.00..45063.75 rows=30 width=4)
   Output: ((c1 + 2))
   Number of Workers: 1
   ->  Parallel Seq Scan on public.t1  (cost=0.00..45063.68 rows=18 width=4)
         Output: (c1 + 2)
         Filter: (t1.c1 < 10)
(6 rows)

In the above plans, you can notice that target list expression (c1 + 2) is
pushed beneath Gather node after patch.


With Regards,
Amit Kapila.
EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com

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