On 10/12/07, Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Andreas Joseph Krogh <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > Will $SUBJECT make it possible for count(*) to use index? This is a much
> > wanted feature.
> If you mean "count(*) will become instantaneous", no it won't.  It would
> get faster, but probably not by more than a factor of 10 or so,
> corresponding to the size ratio between index and table.  Remember that
> the proposal is going to bloat indexes pretty badly: a simple index on
> an int4 column will double in size, more or less.  So that ratio will
> be much less favorable than it is today.

I accept that the indexes will be bigger in size for this approach. You
might need more disk-space  and you might need more memory to accomodate the
same amount of information. But i think disk costs and memory costs have
come down a lot, People can afford to buy more disk and memory. But the only
fact that remains true is that the disk, the last mechanical device is slow
in addressing Random I/Os. So this proposal is aimed  at occupying more
memory and disk space to reduce Random I/Os. Say, if we are accomodating 200
tuples per index page in today's index(for a typical configuration), and as
you said in the worst case (only one index field), we will be occupying 100
tuples per index page. But we would take away probably 100 random I/Os (say
with bitmap scan it reduces to 75). 1GB of memory is around $100 and 1GB of
disk is around $1. But one hour of Performance tuner would cost around $200
:)). So that's the trade-off for the enterprises, if they want to shift
between the two indexes.

Personally I think the bloat problem will doom this entire approach.
> The distributed costs of that will outweigh the speedups that can be
> achieved for specific queries.  The OP is free to try to prove this
> fear wrong, but no amount of discussion will constitute such a proof;
> only a testable implementation.
>                         regards, tom lane
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