You're probably right about my being overly optimistic about the load
imposed by EXPLAIN ANALYZE. It was just that in my previous experience
with it, I'd never seen such a large runtime discrepancy before. I even
allowed for a "caching effect" by making sure the server was all but
quiescent, and then running the three queries as quickly after one another
as I could.
The server itself is an IBM x345 with dual Xeon 3ghz CPU's (hyperthreading
turned off) and 2.5gb of RAM. O/S is RHEL3 Update 4. Disks are a
ServeRAID of some flavor, I'm not sure what.
Thanks for the heads-up about the performance of IN in 7.3. We're looking
to migrate to 8.0 or 8.0.1 when they become GA, but some of our databases
are in excess of 200gb-300gb, and we need to make sure we have a good
migration plan in place (space to store the dump out of the 7.3 db) before
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Re: [PERFORM] Can the V7.3 EXPLAIN
ANALYZE be trusted?
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Steven
> >> I don't think EXPLAIN ANALYZE puts that much overhead on a query.
I think you're being overly optimistic. The explain shows that the
Materialize subnode is being entered upwards of 32 million times:
-> Materialize (cost=505.06..511.38 rows=632 width=4) (actual
time=0.00..0.02 rows=43 loops=752066)
43 * 752066 = 32338838. The instrumentation overhead is basically two
gettimeofday() kernel calls per node entry. Doing the math shows that
your machine is able to do gettimeofday() in about half a microsecond,
which isn't stellar but it's not all that slow for a kernel call.
(What's the platform here, anyway?) Nonetheless it's a couple of times
larger than the actual time needed to pull a row from a materialized
The real answer to your question is "IN (subselect) sucks before PG 7.4;
get a newer release".
regards, tom lane
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