On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 1:01 PM, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 2017-01-05 12:55:44 -0600, Jonathon Nelson wrote:
> > Attached please find a patch for PostgreSQL 9.4 which changes the maximum
> > amount of data that the wal sender will send at any point in time from
> the
> > hard-coded value of 128KiB to a user-controllable value up to 16MiB. It
> has
> > been primarily tested under 9.4 but there has been some testing with 9.5.
> >
> > In our lab environment and with a 16MiB setting, we saw substantially
> > better network utilization (almost 2x!), primarily over high bandwidth
> > delay product links.
> That's a bit odd - shouldn't the OS network stack take care of this in
> both cases?  I mean either is too big for TCP packets (including jumbo
> frames).  What type of OS and network is involved here?

In our test lab, we make use of multiple flavors of Linux. No jumbo frames.
We simulated anything from 0 to 160ms RTT (with varying degrees of jitter,
packet loss, etc.) using tc. Even with everything fairly clean, at 80ms RTT
there was a 2x improvement in performance.

Jon Nelson
Dyn / Principal Software Engineer

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