Alvaro Herrera wrote:
After staring at my previous notes for autovac scheduling, it has become
clear that this basics of it is not really going to work as specified.
So here is a more realistic plan:

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How does this sound?

On first blush, I'm not sure I like this as it doesn't directly attack the table starvation problem, and I think it could be a net loss of speed.

VACUUM is I/O bound, as such, just sending multiple vacuum commands at a DB isn't going to make things faster, you are now going to have multiple processes reading from multiple tables at the same time. I think in general this is a bad thing (unless we someday account for I/O made available from multiple tablespaces). In general the only time it's a good idea to have multiple vacuums running at the same time is when a big table is starving a small hot table and causing bloat.

I think we can extend the current autovacuum stats to add one more column that specifies "is hot" or something to that effect. Then when the AV launcher sends a worker to a DB, it will first look for tables marked as hot and work on them. While working on hot tables, the launcher need not send any additional workers to this database, if the launcher notices that a worker is working on regular tables, it can send another worker which will look for hot tables to working, if the worker doesn't find any hot tables that need work, then it exits leaving the original working to continue plodding along.


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