On 27 Aug 2003, matt wrote:

> > You probably, more than anything, should look at some kind of 
> > superfast, external storage array
> Yeah, I think that's going to be a given.  Low end EMC FibreChannel
> boxes can do around 20,000 IOs/sec, which is probably close to good
> enough.
> You mentioned using multiple RAID controllers as a boost - presumably
> the trick here is to split the various elements (WAL, tables, indexes)
> across different controllers using symlinks or suchlike?  Can I feasibly
> split the DB tables across 5 or more controllers?

I'm not sure I'd split the tables by hand right up front.  Try getting as 
many hard drives as you can afford hooked up at once, and then try 
different ways of partitioning them.  I'm guessing that making two fairly 
good sized 1+0 sets, one for data and one for WAL might be the best 

> > Actually, I've seen stuff like that going on Ebay pretty cheap lately.  I 
> > saw a 64 CPU E10k (366 MHz CPUs) with 64 gigs ram and 20 hard drives going 
> > for $24,000 a month ago.  Put Linux or BSD on it and Postgresql should 
> > fly.
> Jeez, and I thought I was joking about the Starfire.  Even Slowaris
> would be OK on one of them.
> The financial issue is that there's just not that much money in the
> micropayments game for bursty sales.  If I was doing these loads
> *continuously* then I wouldn't be working, I'd be in the Maldives :-)

$24,000 isn't that much for a server really, and if you can leverage this 
one "sale" to get more, then it would likely pay for itself over time.

If you have problems keeping up with load, it will be harder to get more 
customers, so you kinda wanna do this as well as possible the first time.

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