On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 12:11 PM, Thomas Munro
<thomas.mu...@enterprisedb.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 11:22 AM, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote:
>>> Potential use cases for DHT include caches, in-memory database objects
>>> and working state for parallel execution.
>> Is there a more concrete example, i.e. a user we'd convert to this at
>> the same time as introducing this hashtable?
> A colleague of mine will shortly post a concrete patch to teach an
> existing executor node how to be parallel aware, using DHT.  I'll let
> him explain.
> I haven't looked into whether it would make sense to convert any
> existing shmem dynahash hash table to use DHT.  The reason for doing
> so would be to move it out to DSM segments and enable dynamically
> growing.  I suspect that the bounded size of things like the hash
> tables involved in (for example) predicate locking is considered a
> feature, not a bug, so any such cluster-lifetime core-infrastructure
> hash table would not be a candidate.  More likely candidates would be
> ephemeral data used by the executor, as in the above-mentioned patch,
> and long lived caches of dynamic size owned by core code or
> extensions.  Like a shared query plan cache, if anyone can figure out
> the invalidation magic required.

Another thought: it could be used to make things like
pg_stat_statements not have to be in shared_preload_libraries.

Thomas Munro

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