What about quad-XEON setups? Could that be worse? (have dual, and quad setups both) 
Shall we re-consider XEON-MP CPU machines with high cache (4MB+)?
Very generally, what number would be considered high, especially, if it coincides with 
expected heavy load?
Not sure a specific chipset was mentioned...

        -----Original Message----- 
        From: Greg Stark [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
        Sent: Sun 4/18/2004 8:40 PM 
        To: Tom Lane 
        Cc: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; Josh Berkus; [EMAIL PROTECTED]; Neil Conway 
        Subject: Re: [PERFORM] Wierd context-switching issue on Xeon

        Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
        > So in the short term I think we have to tell people that Xeon MP is not
        > the most desirable SMP platform to run Postgres on.  (Josh thinks that
        > the specific motherboard chipset being used in these machines might
        > share some of the blame too.  I don't have any evidence for or against
        > that idea, but it's certainly possible.)
        > In the long run, however, CPUs continue to get faster than main memory
        > and the price of cache contention will continue to rise.  So it seems
        > that we need to give up the assumption that SpinLockAcquire is a cheap
        > operation.  In the presence of heavy contention it won't be.
        There's nothing about the way Postgres spinlocks are coded that affects this?
        Is it something the kernel could help with? I've been wondering whether
        there's any benefits postgres is missing out on by using its own hand-rolled
        locking instead of using the pthreads infrastructure that the kernel is often
        involved in.
        ---------------------------(end of broadcast)---------------------------
        TIP 2: you can get off all lists at once with the unregister command
            (send "unregister YourEmailAddressHere" to [EMAIL PROTECTED])

---------------------------(end of broadcast)---------------------------
TIP 6: Have you searched our list archives?


Reply via email to