Chris Huston said:
> Thanks Josh that helped. I had gone looking for some kind of cluster
> option but was looking under create database, create index and
> initlocation - didn't see the CLUSTER index ON table.
> I ran the CLUSTER which took about 2 1/2 hours to complete. That
> improved the query performance about 6x - which is great - but is still
> taking 26 minutes to do what a serial read does in about 2 1/2 minutes.
> At this point I'm ok because each fetch is taking around 200
> milliseconds from call to the time the data is ready. The processing
> takes 300-600ms per batch. I've got the fetch and the processing
> running in separate threads so even if postgres was running faster it
> wouldn't help this implementation.
> However, "iostat" is still reporting average size per transfer of about
> 10kB and total thru-put of about 1MB/s. The transfers per second went
> from >200/s to about 80/s. It still seams like it ought to be a faster.
> The system is currently running on a single processor 500Mhz G4. We're
> likely to move to a two processor 2Ghz G5 in the next few months. Then
> each block may take only a 30-60 milliseconds to complete and their can
> be two concurrent blocks processing at once.
> Sometime before then I need to figure out how to cut the fetch times
> from the now 200ms to something like 10ms. There are currently
> 1,628,800 records in the single data table representing 6817 groups.
> Each group has 2 to 284 records - with 79% having the max 284 (max
> grows by 1 every day - although the value may change throughout the
> day). Each record is maybe 1 or 2k so ideally each batch/group should
> require 284-568k - at 10MB/s - that'd be
> RELATED QUESTION: How now do I speed up the following query: "select
> distinct group_id from datatable"? Which results in a sequential scan
> of the db. Why doesn't it use the group_id index? I only do this once
> per run so it's not as critical as the fetch speed which is done 6817
> times.
> Thanks for the help!
> - Chris

How are you fetching the data?
If you are using cursors, be sure to fetch a substatial bit at a time so
that youre not punished by latency.
I got a big speedup when i changed my original clueless code to fetch 64
rows in a go instead of only one.


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