On Fri, Oct 20, 2006 at 03:04:55PM -0400, Merlin Moncure wrote:
> On 10/20/06, Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >So far I've seen no evidence that async I/O would help us, only a lot
> >of wishful thinking.
> is this thread moot?  while researching this thread I came across this
> article: http://kerneltrap.org/node/6642 describing claims of 30%
> performance boost when using posix_fadvise to ask the o/s to prefetch
> data.  istm that this kind of improvement is in line with what aio can
> provide, and posix_fadvise is cleaner, not requiring threads and such.

Hmm, my man page says:

       non-blocking read of the specified region into the page cache. 
       The amount of data read may be decreased by the kernel depending
       on VM load. (A few megabytes will usually be fully satisfied,
       and more is rarely useful.)

This appears to be exactly what we want, no? It would be nice to get
some idea of what systems support this.

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog@svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> From each according to his ability. To each according to his ability to 
> litigate.

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