Bruce Momjian wrote:

No one has mentioned that we page value on disk to match the CPU
alignment.  This is done for efficiency, but is not strictly required.

From time to time the idea of a logical vs physical mapping for columns has been mentioned. Among other benefits, that might allow us to do some rearrangement of physical ordering to reduce space wasted on alignment in some cases. There might be a small addition on computation required, but I suspect it would be lost in the noise, and swamped by any increased efficiency we got from putting more tuples in a page.



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