Matt Olson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Other databases like Oracle and DB2 implement some sort of row prefetch.  Has
> there been serious consideration of implementing something like a prefetch
> subsystem?


> Does anyone have any opinions as to why this would be a bad idea for
> postgres? 

We know even less than the OS does about disk layout, and not a lot more
than it about what our next request will be.  (If we're doing a seqscan,
then of course that's not true, but I would expect the OS to be able to
figure that one out and do readahead.)

You haven't shown us your problem queries, but I think that conventional
query tuning would be a more appropriate answer.  In particular I wonder
whether you shouldn't be looking at ways to calculate multiple
aggregates in parallel.

                        regards, tom lane

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