Peter Geoghegan <> writes:
> I think that we *can* refine this guess, and should, because random
> I/O is really quite unlikely to be a large cost these days (I/O in
> general often isn't a large cost, actually). More fundamentally, I
> think it's a problem that cost_sort() thinks that external sorts are
> far more expensive than internal sorts in general. There is good
> reason to think that that does not reflect the reality. I think we can
> expect external sorts to be *faster* than internal sorts with
> increasing regularity in Postgres 10.

TBH, if that's true, haven't you broken something?

                        regards, tom lane

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