> The SanDisks do seem a bit pokey at 16MBps. On the otherhand, you could
> get 4 of these suckers, put them in a mega-RAID-0 stripe for 64MBps. You
> shouldn't need to do mirroring with a solid state drive.

I wouldn't count on RAID0 improving the speed of SANDisk's much.  How are you 
connecting to them?  USB?   USB doesn't support fast parallel data access.

Now, if it turns out that 256MB ramdisks are less than 1/5 the cost of 1GB 
ramdisks, then that's worth considering.

You're right, though, mirroring a solid state drive is pretty pointless; if 
power fails, both mirrors are dead.  

As I said before, though, we're all very interested in this test.  Using a 
ramdisk for WAL has been discussed on this list numerous times but not 
attempted by anyone who published their results.

All that aside, though, I think you should also experiment with the Background 
Writer patch recently discussed on Hackers, as it may give you a performance 
boost as well.
Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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