Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 11:58 PM, Bruce Momjian <> wrote:
>> Why is the parallelism variable called "max_parallel_degree"?  Is that a
>> descriptive name?  What does "degree" mean?  Why is it not called
>> "max_parallel_workers"?

> Because "degree of parallelism" is standard terminology, I guess.

FWIW, I agree with Bruce that using "degree" here is a poor choice.
It's an unnecessary dependence on technical terminology that many people
will not be familiar with.

> Also, consider that we have the related but actually sorta different
> GUC max_worker_processes.  I think max_parallel_workers to control the
> per-query behavior and max_worker_processes to control the global
> system behavior would be confusing - those names are very close
> together.

Well, that just says that we'd better reconsider *both* of those names.
Frankly, neither of them is well chosen, and the fact that they currently
sound unrelated is a bug not a feature.  What about something like
"max_overall_worker_processes" and "max_session_worker_processes"?

                        regards, tom lane

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