On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 8:26 AM, Vitaliy Garnashevich
<vgarnashev...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I mean, that the issue is indeed affected by the order of rows in the
>> table. Random heap access patterns result in sparse bitmap heap scans,
>> whereas less random heap access patterns result in denser bitmap heap
>> scans. Dense scans have large portions of contiguous fetches, a
>> pattern that is quite adversely affected by the current prefetch
>> mechanism in linux.
> Thanks for your input.
> How can I test a sparse bitmap scan? Can you think of any SQL commands which
> would generate data and run such scans?
> Would a bitmap scan over expression index ((aid%1000)=0) do a sparse bitmap
> scan?

If you have a minimally correlated index (ie: totally random order),
and suppose you have N tuples per page, you need to select less (much
less) than 1/Nth of the table.

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