On Sat, Aug 5, 2017 at 6:17 PM, Peter Geoghegan <p...@bowt.ie> wrote:
> On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 7:20 PM, David Rowley
> <david.row...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
>> I ended up writing the attached (which I'd not intended to post until
>> some time closer to when the doors open for PG11). At the moment it's
>> basically just a test patch to see how it affects things when we give
>> workers a bit more to do before they come back to look for more work.
>> In this case, I've just given them 10 pages to work on, instead of the
>> 1 that's allocated in 9.6 and v10.
> I think that this could benefit parallel sort, beyond the obvious fact
> that it too must have the contention you describe.
> We generally are faster at sorting presorted input for all kinds of
> reasons (e.g., insertion sort fallback for quicksort, merging based on
> replacement of heap's root item). It follows that it's to our
> advantage to have parallel tuplesort read multiple pages in a range
> into a worker at once within the parallel heap scan that feeds
> workers. The leader, which merges worker runs, may ultimately have to
> perform fewer comparisons as a result of this, which is where most of
> the benefit would be.

On the other hand, it could hurt Gather Merge for essentially
symmetric reasons - Gather Merge works best if all the tuples are in
roughly the same range of values.  Otherwise the work isn't equally

Robert Haas
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