On 7/18/05, Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > The table has 15 columns, 5 indexes (character, inet and timestamp).
> > No foreign keys. The only other thing running on the machine was the
> > application actually DOING the benchmarking, written in Python
> > (psycopg), but it was, according to top, using less than 1% of the
> > CPU.  It was just talking through a pipe to a psql prompt to do the
> > COPY.
> Sounds pretty plain-vanilla all right.
> Are you in a position to try the same benchmark against CVS tip?
> (The nightly snapshot tarball would be plenty close enough.)  I'm
> just wondering if the old bgwriter behavior of locking down the
> bufmgr while it examined the ARC/2Q data structures is causing this...


It looks like the CVS HEAD is definately "better," but not by a huge
amount.  The only difference is I wasn't run autovacuum in the
background (default settings), but I don't think this explains it. 
Here's a graph of the differences and density of behavior:


I can provide the raw data.  Each COPY was 500 rows.  Note that fsync
is turned off here.  Maybe it'd be more stable with it turned on?

| Christopher Petrilli

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