On Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 12:06 AM, Stephen Frost <sfr...@snowman.net> wrote:
> * Bruce Momjian (br...@momjian.us) wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 10:44:29AM -0400, Stephen Frost wrote:
>> > Another thought that was kicking around in my head related to that is if
>> > we could have indexes that only provide page-level information (similar
>> > to BRIN, but maybe a btree) and which also would allow HOT updates.
>> > Those indexes would typically be used in a bitmap index scan where we're
>> > going to be doing a bitmap heap scan with a recheck, of course, though I
>> > wonder if we could come up with a way to do an in-order bitmap index
>> > scan where we sort the tuples on the page and then perform some kind of
>> > mergejoin recheck (or just pull out whatever the lowest-not-seen each
>> > time we sort the tuples on the page).
>> So allow HOT updates if the updated row is on the same page, even if the
>> indexed column was changed, by scanning the page --- got it.
> The idea I had was to allow creation of indexes which *only* include the
> page ID.  Your rephrase seems to imply that we'd have a regular index
> but then be able to figure out if a given tuple had any HOT updates
> performed on it and, if so, scan the entire page.  As I understand it,
> it's more complicated than that because we must involve an index when
> updating a tuple in some cases (UNIQUE?) and therefore we don't perform
> HOT in the case where any indexed column is being changed.

Why we need to add a record in all indexes if only the key
corresponding to one of indexes is updated?  Basically, if the tuple
can fit on same page, why can't we consider it as HOT (or HPT - heap
partial tuple or something like that), unless it updates all the keys
for all the indexes.  Now, we can't consider such tuple versions for
pruning as we do for HOT.  The downside of this could be that we might
need to retain some of the line pointers for more time (as we won't be
able to reuse the line pointer till it is used in any one of the
indexes and those could be reused once we make next non-HOT update).
However, this should allow us not to update the indexes for which the
corresponding column in tuple is not updated.  I think it is a basic
premise that if any index column is updated then the update will be
considered as non-HOT, so there is a good chance that I might be
missing something here.

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

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