On Wednesday 09 February 2005 03:59 pm, Greg Stark wrote:
> Chris Kratz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > We continue to tune our individual queries where we can, but it seems we
> > still are waiting on the db a lot in our app.  When we run most queries,
> > top shows the postmaster running at 90%+ constantly during the duration
> > of the request. The disks get touched occasionally, but not often.  Our
> > database on disk is around 2.6G and most of the working set remains
> > cached in memory, hence the few disk accesses.  All this seems to point
> > to the need for faster processors.
> I would suggest looking at the top few queries that are taking the most
> cumulative time on the processor. It sounds like the queries are doing a
> ton of logical i/o on data that's cached in RAM. A few indexes might cut
> down on the memory bandwidth needed to churn through all that data.

Hmmm, yes we continue to use indexes judiciously.  I actually think we've 
overdone it in some cases since inserts are starting to slow in some critical 

> > Items changed in the postgresql.conf:
> > ...
> > random_page_cost = 1                # units are one sequential page fetch 
> > cost
> This makes it nigh impossible for the server from ever making a sequential
> scan when an index would suffice. What query made you do this? What plan
> did it fix?

Yes, it got set back to 2.  I was testing various settings suggested by a 
posting in the archives and that one didn't get reset.

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