On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 7:19 AM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> That supports your theory that there's some confounding factor in the
> CREATE INDEX case, such as I/O scheduling.  Since this machine has an
> SSD, I guess I don't have a mental model for how that works.  We're
> not waiting for the platter to rotate...

Random I/O is still significantly more expensive with SSDs, especially
random writes, where all the wear leveling stuff comes into play.
There is a tiny universe of very complicated firmware within every SSD
[1]. (I am generally concerned about the trend towards increasingly
complicated, unauditable firmware like this, but that's another

> ...but I guess that's all irrelevant as far as this patch goes.  The
> point of this patch is to simplify things from removing a technique
> that is no longer effective, and the evidence we have supports the
> contention that it is no longer effective.  I'll go commit this.


[1] https://lwn.net/Articles/353411/
Peter Geoghegan

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