The autoanalyze factor is set to 0.05 for the db, and we have not changed
the default statistics target.

The CPU spike occurred between 13:05 - 13:15. last_autoanalyze for the
table shows a time of 12:49; last_autovacuum does not show any activity
around this time for any table. Checkpoint logs are also normal around this
time. I'd like to understand if there are any other sources of activity I
should be checking for that would account for the spike.

User workload is throttled to avoid excess load on the db, so a query is
unlikely to have caused the spike. But we can dig deeper if other causes
are ruled out.


On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM, Tomas Vondra <>

> On 12/19/2017 05:47 PM, Habib Nahas wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > We operate an RDS postgres 9.5 instance and have periodic CPU spikes to
> > 100%. These spikes appear to be due to autoanalyze kicking on our larger
> > tables.
> >
> > Our largest table has 75 million rows and the autoanalyze scale factor
> > is set to 0.05.
> >
> > The documentation I've read suggests that the analyze always operates on
> > the entire table and is not incremental. Given that supposition are
> > there ways to control cost(especially CPU) of the autoanalyze operation?
> > Would a more aggressive autoanalyze scale factor (0.01) help. With the
> > current scale factor we see an autoanalyze once a week, query
> > performance has been acceptable so far, which could imply that scale
> > factor could be increased if necessary.
> >
> No, reducing the scale factor to 0.01 will not help at all, it will
> actually make the issue worse. The only thing autoanalyze does is
> running ANALYZE, which *always* collects a fixed-size sample. Making it
> more frequent will not reduce the amount of work done on each run.
> So the first question is if you are not using the default (0.1), i.e.
> have you reduced it to 0.05.
> The other question is why it's so CPU-intensive. Are you using the
> default statistics_target value (100), or have you increased that too?
> regards
> --
> Tomas Vondra        
> PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Remote DBA, Training & Services

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