Gaetano Mendola wrote:

Let start from your postgres configuration:

shared_buffers = 8192 <==== This is really too small for your configuration
sort_mem = 2048

wal_buffers = 128    <==== This is really too small for your configuration

effective_cache_size = 16000

change this values in:

shared_buffers = 50000
sort_mem = 16084

wal_buffers = 1500

effective_cache_size = 32000

to bump up the shm usage you have to configure your OS in order to be allowed to use that ammount of SHM.

This are the numbers that I feel good for your HW, the second step now is
analyze your queries

These changes have yielded some visible improvements, with load averages rarely going over the anything noticeable. However, I do have a question on the matter, why do these values seem to be far higher then what a frequently pointed to document would indicate as necessary?

I am simply curious, as this clearly shows that my understanding of PostgreSQL is clearly lacking when it comes to tweaking for the hardware.

        Martin Foster
        Creator/Designer Ethereal Realms

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