On 05/31/2016 10:51 AM, Peter Geoghegan wrote:
> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:46 AM, Josh berkus <j...@agliodbs.com> wrote:
>> In parallel seq scan and join, do the "masters" behave as workers as well?
> It depends. They will if they can. If the parallel seq scan leader
> isn't getting enough work to do from workers (enough tuples to process
> from the shared memory queue), it will start acting as a worker fairly 
> quickly.
> With parallel aggregate, and some other cases, that will always happen.
> Even when the leader is consuming input from workers, that's still perhaps
> pegging one CPU core. So, it doesn't really invalidate what I said about
> the number of cores being the primary consideration.

I get where you're coming from, but I think Haas's query plan output is
going to show us the confusion we're going to get.  So we need to either
change the parameter, the explain output, or brace ourselves for endless
repeated questions.

Josh Berkus
Red Hat OSAS
(any opinions are my own)

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