On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
>> Of course, it would be nice if we could make these counters 64-bit
>> integers, but we can't, because we don't rely on 64-bit reads and
>> writes to be atomic on all platforms.  So instead they'll have to be
>> uint32.  That means they could wrap (if you really work at it) but
>> subtraction will still return the right answer, so it's OK.
> OK ...
>> If we
>> want to allow the number of parallel workers started to be available
>> for statistical purposes, we can keep to uint32 values for that
>> (parallel_register_count_lo and parallel_register_count_hi, for
>> example), and increment the second one whenever the first one rolls
>> over to zero.
> And that's going to be atomic how exactly?

The only process that can look at that structure without taking a lock
is the postmaster.  And the postmaster would only examine

Robert Haas
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