Anyone interested in improving postgresql scaling?

Mark Kirkwood markir at
Tue Apr 10 10:56:38 UTC 2007

Kris Kennaway wrote:
> If so, then your task is the following:
> Make SYSV semaphores less dumb about process wakeups.  Currently
> whenever the semaphore state changes, all processes sleeping on the
> semaphore are woken, even if we only have released enough resources
> for one waiting process to claim.  i.e. there is a thundering herd
> wakeup situation which destroys performance at high loads.  Fixing
> this will involve replacing the wakeup() calls with appropriate
> amounts of wakeup_one().

I'm forwarding this to the pgsql-hackers list so that folks more 
qualified than I can comment, but as I understand the way postgres 
implements locking each process has it *own* semaphore it waits on  - 
and who is waiting for what is controlled by an in (shared) memory hash 
of lock structs (access to these is controlled via platform Dependant 
spinlock code). So a given semaphore state change should only involve 
one process wakeup.



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