Pavan Deolasee wrote:
> On 1/26/07, Alvaro Herrera <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >
> >Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> >> I'd like to see still more evidence that it's a problem before we start
> >> changing that piece of code. It has served us well for years.
> >
> >So the TODO could be "investigate whether caching pg_clog and/or
> >pg_subtrans in local memory can be useful for vacuum performance".
> >
> As  Heikki suggested, we should also investigate the same for normal
> backends as well.

Maybe.  An idea that comes to mind is to never cache the latest page,
since it'll most likely result in extra reads anyway because there'll be
a lot of IN_PROGRESS transactions.

Problem to solve: how much memory to dedicate to this?  Could we mmap()
portions of the pg_clog segment, so that the page could be shared across
backends instead of allocating them for each?

> It would also be interesting to investigate whether early setting of
> hint bits can reduce subsequent writes of blocks. A typical case would
> be a large table being updated heavily for a while, followed by SELECT
> queries. The SELECT queries would set hint bits for the previously
> UPDATEd  tuples (old and new versions) and thus cause subsequent
> writes of those blocks for what could have been read-only queries.

This has been suggested before, but I don't see how this could work.
How does the UPDATE transaction go back to the pages it wrote to update
the hint bits, _after_ it committed?

Maybe have the bgwriter update hint bits as it evicts pages out of the
cache?  It could result in pg_clog read traffic for each page that needs
eviction; not such a hot idea.

I don't see how this is related to the above proposal though.

Alvaro Herrera                      
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