[pgpool-general: 553] Re: load balancing seems to be bottlenecked by performance of master

David Kerr dmk at mr-paradox.net
Wed May 30 00:26:13 JST 2012

On 05/29/2012 07:40 AM, Lonni J Friedman wrote:
> On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM, Matt Solnit<msolnit at soasta.com>  wrote:
>> On May 28, 2012, at 6:53 PM, Lonni J Friedman<netllama at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM, Tatsuo Ishii<ishii at postgresql.org>  wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Tatsuo Ishii<ishii at sraoss.co.jp>  wrote:
>>>>>>> What are the reasons for analysing system catalogs on primary server?
>>>>>> For example, if a table is a temporary one or not.
>>>>> Yes, but as I noted, I don't use temp tables at all. ?If this is the
>>>>> primary justification, then its not doing me any good, and causing
>>>>> unnecessary negative performance impact.
>>>> But how does pgpool know that you are not going to use temporary
>>>> tables beforehand?
>>> Provide a new pgpool.conf option that tells it to ignore them (with
>>> the assumption that they do not exist).
>> +1 for new pgpool.conf setting, although I think the default should be the
>> current behavior, for backward compatibility.
>> Maybe something like "enable_temp_tables", although that might be too
>> vague.  "on" means current behavior, all system catalog queries go to the
>> master.  "off" means that system catalog queries are load-balanced just
>> like any other.
> agreed.
> Another idea is to create a new pgpool.conf option which makes the
> system catalogue check a configurable interval, as one of the
> following:
> * every query (current/default behavior)
> * when pgpool is started only
> * once every X minutes or X queries
> This would provide people with a tradeoff between performance and
> accuracy.  Anyone who never or rarely makes changes (and/or never uses
> temp tables) would likely prefer the 2nd or 3rd setting, while those
> who often make changes and/or use temp tables, would stick with the
> default (current behavior).

Yeah that's sort of where I was going with it, it's apparently not easy 
to move those checks.

enable_temp_tables=y/n seems like a possible workaround for now, but I 
have to assume that there are people out there that want to use 
temp/unlogged tables and also will be write heavy and want to scale out 
in this manner.

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