Roundup Tracker - Issues


Author schlatterbeck
Recipients rawler, richard, schlatterbeck, stefan
Date 2010-01-03.15:13:32
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On Sun, Jan 03, 2010 at 02:25:06PM +0000, Stefan Seefeld wrote:
> > - lots of sql queries
> > - memory allocation for the cache
> >
> > only the first will be addressed by the proposed patch...
> > Maybe we return an iterator from getnodes?
> I agree that an iterator is a good idea. Though the bottleneck we 
> observed (and which let me to propose a change in the API) is due to IPC 
> overhead caused by many individual queries, instead of few fused ones.

I've also done some measurements. Roundup uses an internal node cache of
100 items by default (this is a config option). I've done some
experiments with a large query (which returns about 140000 items):

  Cachesize   Time (minutes)
        2     1:54-2:36
       10     1:29-1:35 (only 2 Measurements)
      100     1:14-1:37
   100000     1:23-1:35 (usually at the lower end)

so we see diminishing returns on larger cache sizes inside roundup.
The number of queries when going from cache-size 100 to 100000 goes down
from 240000 to 140000 (!) due to no re-querying the same nodes (I'm
using some of the nodes more than once in the computation). The time
requirement is memory-bound.

In all cases the initial SQL query that returns all the IDs takes less
than 1 second real-time.

So I guess my example can really profit from using an iterator --
especially since the whole database is in RAM because I configured the
PostgreSQL cache large enough. In these cases the database thread and
the roundup thread consuming the query data can run in parallel.

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