Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> Greg Stark <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > If the hash tables were made a power of two then it would be possible to mix
> > the bits of the 32 bit value and just mask off the unneeded bits. I've found
> > one page via google that mentions mixing bits in a hash function, but I would
> > look for a more serious treatment somewhere.

> Modding by a *non* power of 2 (esp. a prime) mixes the bits quite well,
> and is likely faster than any multiple-instruction way to do the same.

Well a) any number that has any factors of two fails to mix in some bits.
That's a lot more common than non powers of two. b) The postgres code makes no
attempt to make the number of buckets a prime and c) Even if the number of
buckets were prime then it seems it would still be too easy to find real-world
data where all the data have that prime as a factor. As it is they only need
to have common factors to lose.

> The quoted article seems to be by someone who has spent a lot of time
> counting assembly cycles and none at all reading the last thirty years
> worth of CS literature.  

Yes, well I did note that.


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