I have an application that has a table that is both read and write intensive. 
Data from iostat indicates that the write speed of the system is the factor 
that is limiting performance. The table has around 20 columns and most of the 
columns are indexed. The data and the indices for the table are distributed 
over several mirrored disk partitions and pg_xlog is on another. I'm looking 
at ways to improve performance and besides the obvious one of getting an SSD 
I thought about putting the indices on a ramdisk. That means that after a 
power failure or shutdown I would have to recreate them but that is 
acceptable for this application. What I am wondering though is whether or not 
I would see much performance benefit and if there would be any startup 
problems after a power down event due to the indices not being present. Any 
insight would be appreciated.


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