> On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 3:48 AM, Kouhei Kaigai <kai...@ak.jp.nec.com> wrote:
> > Sorry for my late.
> >
> > The attached patch fixed the wording problems on SGML part.
> I agree that we should have some way for foreign data wrappers and
> custom scans and perhaps also other executor nodes to find out whether
> there's a known limit to the number of tuples that they might need to
> produce, but I wonder if we should be doing something more general
> than this.  For example, suppose we add a new PlanState member "long
> numTuples" where 0 means that the number of tuples that will be needed
> is unknown (so that most node types need not initialize it), a
> positive value is an upper bound on the number of tuples that will be
> fetched, and -1 means that it is known for certain that we will need
> all of the tuples.  This might be relevant to the executor batching
> stuff that Andres has been working on, because you could for example
> set ps->numTuples == 1 on the inner side of a semi-join, warning the
> executor node that it shouldn't bother trying to batch anything.
I also think the generic approach is a preferable direction.

In the current implementation calls recompute_limits() on the first
invocation of ExecLimit and ExecReScanLimit. Do we expect the
ps->numTuples will be also passed down to the child nodes on the same
I also think this new executor contract shall be considered as a hint
(but not a requirement) for the child nodes, because it allows the
parent nodes to re-distribute the upper limit regardless of the type
of the child nodes as long as the parent node can work correctly and
has benefit even if the child node returns a part of tuples. It makes
the decision whether the upper limit should be passed down much simple.
The child node "can" ignore the hint but can utilize for more optimization.

> On a more practical level, I notice that you haven't adapted
> postgres_fdw or file_fdw to benefit from this new callback.  It seems
> like postgres_fdw could benefit, because it could fetch only the
> required number of tuples if that happens to be a smaller number than
> the configured fetch_size.
It is because of just my time pressure around the patch submission days.
I'll try to enhance postgres_fdw as a usage of this run-time optimization.

NEC Business Creation Division / PG-Strom Project
KaiGai Kohei <kai...@ak.jp.nec.com>

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