Andreas Pflug <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Tom Lane wrote:
>> As far as the question "can PG do 1-2k xact/sec", the answer is "yes
>> if you throw enough hardware at it".  Spending enough money on the
>> disk subsystem is the key ...
> The 1-2k xact/sec for MySQL seems suspicious, sounds very much like 
> write-back cached, not write-through, esp. considering that heavy 
> concurrent write access isn't said to be MySQLs strength...

> I wonder if preserving the database after a fatal crash is really 
> necessary, since the data stored sounds quite volatile; in this case, 
> fsync=false might be sufficient.

Yeah, that's something to think about.  If you do need full transaction
safety, then you *must* have a decent battery-backed-write-cache setup,
else your transaction commit rate will be limited by disk rotation
speed --- for instance, a single connection can commit at most 250 xacts
per second if the WAL log is on a 15000RPM drive.  (You can improve this
to the extent that you can spread activity across multiple connections,
but I'm not sure you can expect to reliably have 8 or more connections
ready to commit each time the disk goes 'round.)

                        regards, tom lane

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