Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Uber's move away from PostgreSQL

Last week, a blog post by an Uber engineer explained why Uber chose to move from PostgreSQL to MySQL. This article was widely reported and discussed within the PostgreSQL community, with many users and developers expressing the clear sentiment that Uber had indeed touched on some areas where PostgreSQL has room for improvement. I share that sentiment. I believe that PostgreSQL is a very good database, but I also believe there are plenty of things about it that can be improved. When users - especially well-known names like Uber - explain what did and did not work in their environment, that helps the PostgreSQL community, and the companies which employ many of its active developers, figure out what things are most in need of improvement.  I'm happy to see the PostgreSQL community, of which I am a member, reacting to this in such a thoughtful and considered way.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

PostgreSQL Regression Test Coverage

Yesterday evening, I ran the PostgreSQL regression tests (make check-world) on master and on each supported back-branch three times on hydra, a community test machine provided by IBM.  Here are the median results:

9.1 - 3m49.942s
9.2 - 5m17.278s
9.3 - 6m36.609s
9.4 - 9m48.211s
9.5 - 8m58.544s
master, or 9.6 - 13m16.762s

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PostgreSQL 9.6 with Parallel Query vs. TPC-H

I decided to try out parallel query, as implemented in PostgreSQL 9.6devel, on the TPC-H queries.  To do this, I followed the directions at https://github.com/tvondra/pg_tpch - thanks to Tomas Vondra for those instructions.  I did the test on an IBM POWER7 server provided to the PostgreSQL community by IBM.  I scaled the database to use 10GB of input data; the resulting database size was 22GB, of which 8GB was indexes.  I tried out each query just once without really tuning the database at all, except for increasing shared_buffers to 8GB.  Then I tested them again after enabling parallel query by configuring max_parallel_degree = 4.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Parallel Query Is Getting Better And Better

Back in early November, I reported that the first version of parallel sequential scan had been committed to PostgreSQL 9.6.  I'm pleased to report that a number of significant enhancements have been made since then.  Of those, the two that are by the far the most important are that we now support parallel joins and parallel aggregation - which means that the range of queries that can benefit from parallelism is now far broader than just sequential scans.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

No More Full-Table Vacuums

I just committed a very important patch to PostgreSQL.  The short summary for the patch is "Don't vacuum all-frozen pages." and it follows up on a patch I committed last week, whose short summary was "Change the format of the VM fork to add a second bit per page."  This led Andres Freund to respond with a one word email: "Yeha!"

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PostgreSQL Past, Present, and Future: Moving The Goalposts

It's nice to see that PostgreSQL 9.5 is finally released!  There are a number of blog posts out about that already, not to mention stories in InfoWorld, V3, and a host of other publications.  Of all the publicity, though, I think my favorite piece is a retrospective post by Shaun Thomas reviewing how far PostgreSQL has come over the last five years.  As Shaun notes, both the scalability and the feature set of PostgreSQL have increased enormously over the last five years.  It's easy to miss when you look one release, even (as I do) one commit at a time, but the place where we are now is a whole new world compared to where we were back then.