[HACKERS] Anyone interested in improving postgresql scaling?

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Tue Apr 10 22:09:25 UTC 2007

On Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 05:36:17PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Kris Kennaway <kris at obsecurity.org> writes:
> > I have not studied the exact code path, but there are indeed multiple
> > wakeups happening from the semaphore code (as many as the number of
> > active postgresql processes).  It is easy to instrument
> > sleepq_broadcast() and log them when they happen.
> There are certainly cases where Postgres will wake up a number of
> processes in quick succession, but that should happen from a separate
> semop() kernel call, on a different semaphore, for each such process.
> If there's really multiple processes being released by the same semop()
> then there's a bug we need to look into (or maybe it's a kernel bug?).
> Anyway I'd be interested to know what the test case is, and which PG
> version you were testing.

I used 8.2 (and some older version when I first noticed it a year ago)
and either sysbench or supersmack will show it - presumably anything
that makes simultaneous queries.  Just instrument sleepq_broadcast()
to e.g. log a KTR event when it wakes more than 1 process and you'll
see it happening.

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