On 2017-06-27 11:13:38 -0700, Peter Geoghegan wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote:
> >
> > On 2017-06-27 10:57:15 -0700, Peter Geoghegan wrote:
> >> I looked at this again recently. I wrote a patch to prove to myself
> >> that we can fairly easily reclaim 15 bits from every nbtree internal
> >> page ItemId, and put an abbreviated key there instead.
> >
> > Interesting. Not sure however that really addresses my layout / cache
> > efficiency concern? Or is that just a largely independent optimization,
> > except it's affecting the same area of code?
> Well, you'd only do this on internal pages, which are a tiny minority
> of the total, and yet are where the majority of binary searches for an
> index scan occur in practice. The optimization has the effect of
> making the binary search only need to access the much smaller ItemId
> array in that best case. In the best case, where you resolve all
> comparisons on internal pages, you still have to get the index tuple
> that you need to follow the TID of to go to a page on the next level
> down, once the binary search for an internal page actually finds it.
> But that's all.
> In the best case, and maybe the average case, this could be highly
> effective, I think. There would definitely be cases where the
> optimization wouldn't help at all, but hopefully it would also not
> hurt.

In other words, it's an independent optimization.  That's cool, but I'd
rather talk about it in an independent thread, to avoid conflating the

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