On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 3:48 AM, Peter Geoghegan <p...@heroku.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 5:36 AM, Amit Kapila <amit.kapil...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I read the following paragraph from the Volcano paper just now:
> """
> During implementation and benchmarking of parallel sorting, we added
> two more features to exchange. First, we wanted to implement a merge
> network in which some processors produce sorted streams merge
> concurrently by other processors. Volcano’s sort iterator can be used
> to generate a sorted stream. A merge iterator was easily derived from
> the sort module. It uses a single level merge, instead of the cascaded
> merge of runs used in sort. The input of a merge iterator is an
> exchange. Differently from other operators, the merge iterator
> requires to distinguish the input records by their producer. As an
> example, for a join operation it does not matter where the input
> records were created, and all inputs can be accumulated in a single
> input stream. For a merge operation, it is crucial to distinguish the
> input records by their producer in order to merge multiple sorted
> streams correctly.
> """
> I don't really understand this paragraph, but thought I'd ask: why the
> need to "distinguish the input records by their producer in order to
> merge multiple sorted streams correctly"? Isn't that talking about
> partitioning, where each workers *ownership* of a range matters?

I think so, but it seems from above text that is mainly required for
merge iterator which probably will be used in merge join.

> My
> patch doesn't care which values belong to which workers. And, it
> focuses quite a lot on dealing well with the memory bandwidth bound,
> I/O bound part of the sort where we write out the index itself, just
> by piggy-backing on tuplesort.c. I don't think that that's useful for
> a general-purpose executor node -- tuple-at-a-time processing when
> fetching from workers would kill performance.

Right, but what is written in text quoted by you seems to be do-able
with tuple-at-a-time processing.

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

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