On 24/05/12 08:18, Lonni J Friedman wrote:
How does this compare to your other machines running the same, or similar, databases?On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM, Gavin Flower <GavinFlower@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:On 24/05/12 05:09, Lonni J Friedman wrote: On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM, Tom Lane <tgl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Lonni J Friedman <netllama@xxxxxxxxx> writes: After banging my head on the wall for a long time, I happened to notice that khugepaged was consuming 100% CPU every time autovacuum was running. I did: echo "madvise" > /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/defrag and immediately the entire problem went away. Fascinating. In hindsight, sure. Before that, it was 2 days of horror. So this looks like a nasty Fedora16 kernel bug to me, or maybe postgresql & Fedora16's default kernel settings are just not compatible? I agree, kernel bug. What kernel version are you using exactly? I'm using the stock 3.3.5-2.fc16.x86_64 kernel that is in Fedora updates. Is anyone else using Fedora16 & PostgreSQL-9.1 ? I use an F16 box daily, but can't claim to have done major performance testing with it. Can you put together a summary of your nondefault Postgres settings? I wonder whether it only kicks in for a certain size of shared memory for instance. Oh yea, I'm quite certain that this is somehow related to my setup, and not a generic problem with all F16/pgsql systems. For starters, this problem isn't happening on any of the 3 standby systems, which are all otherwise identical to the master in every respect. Also when we had done some testing (prior to the upgrades), we never ran into any of these problems. However our test environment was on smaller scale hardware, with a much smaller number of clients (and overall load). Here are the non default settings in postgresql.conf : wal_level = hot_standby archive_mode = on archive_timeout = 61 max_wal_senders = 10 wal_keep_segments = 5000 hot_standby = on log_autovacuum_min_duration = 2500 autovacuum_max_workers = 4 maintenance_work_mem = 1GB checkpoint_completion_target = 0.7 effective_cache_size = 88GB work_mem = 576MB wal_buffers = 16MB checkpoint_segments = 64 shared_buffers = 8GB max_connections = 350 Let me know if you have any other questions. I'd be happy to provide as much information as possible if it can aid in fixing this bug. I think they will need details of things like: RAM, number/type processors, number & type of disks, disk controllers & any other hardware specs that might be relevant etc.- at very least: total RAM & number of spindles16 core Xeon X5550 2.67GHz 128GB RAM $PGDATA sits on a RAID5 array comprised of 3 SATA disks. Its Linux's md software RAID.
However, you do say that the other machines are indentical - but are the other
machines different in any aspect, that might prove siginificant?
Also anything else running on the box.nothing else. its dedicated exclusively to postgresql.Plus transaction load pattern - over time and read/write ratios.I'm not sure how I'd obtain this data. however, the patterns didn't change since the upgrade. If someone can point me in the right direction, I can at least obtain this data as its generated currently.type/nature of queriesI need some clarification on specifically what you're asking for here.
structure, and features of the queries. Do you have lots of sub
The number, type, size, and usage of indexes might be relevant.size of heavily accessed tables and their indexesthere are several rather large tables (90 million+ rows), but most others are under 1M rows. However, most tables are accessed & written to with equal frequency.
I hope the above comments help, probably others will have more specific requests.
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