PostgreSQL 10 發表

PostgreSQL 10 發表,有不少重要的功能 (進步):「PostgreSQL 10 Released」。

首先提到的是 Logical Replication:

Logical Replication - A publish/subscribe framework for distributing data

以往內建的 replication 是 block level change (同步哪個 block 改變的內容),對於版本不同的 PostgreSQL 就會痛。所以在 10 之前,想要處理 PostgreSQL 版本不同的問題都會使用第三方套件 (一種常見的情境就是資料庫的版本升級)。在 10 內建支援 Logical Replication 後就不需要掛其他套件了:

Logical replication extends the current replication features of PostgreSQL with the ability to send modifications on a per-database and per-table level to different PostgreSQL databases. Users can now fine-tune the data replicated to various database clusters and will have the ability to perform zero-downtime upgrades to future major PostgreSQL versions.

於是就可以達到 zero-downtime upgrade,這對於商業維運考量是個很重要的進展。

另外一個是 Improved Query Parallelism (在 9.6 就有,現在又再改善了),針對可平行化的 CPU-bounded SQL query 可以利用多 CPU 大幅加速,這點也是目前在 MySQL 上還沒看到的:

PostgreSQL 10 provides better support for parallelized queries by allowing more parts of the query execution process to be parallelized. Improvements include additional types of data scans that are parallelized as well as optimizations when the data is recombined, such as pre-sorting. These enhancements allow results to be returned more quickly.


因為很多報表分析是可平行化的 CPU-bounded SQL query,但以前在 RDBMS 都不能被平行運算,於是很多單位就會想要倒出來到其他類型的資料庫運算 (以現在比較紅的產品,像是 Amazon RedshiftAmazon Athena,或是 BigQuery,甚至是丟進 ELK 裡)。但你用 PostgreSQL 又會痛在沒辦法很方便的把資料同步拉出來... (於是就會稍微妥協,用 cron job 每天倒資料)

現在 10 的這兩個功能剛好從兩個面向解決:一個是對於剛開使用 PostgreSQL 的人,他們可以繼續只用 PostgreSQL 撐久一點,因為報表需求的 SQL query 快很多;另外一方面也讓目前用 cron job 每天倒資料的人有了同步的選擇 (用 replication 同步到其他系統上)。

再來是 Quorum Commit for Synchronous Replication 這個功能,把分散式架構中需要「正確性」的底層技術做起來:

PostgreSQL 10 introduces quorum commit for synchronous replication, which allows for flexibility in how a primary database receives acknowledgement that changes were successfully written to remote replicas. An administrator can now specify that if any number of replicas has acknowledged that a change to the database has been made, then the data can be considered safely written.

整體來說,PostgreSQL 10 有非常多進步,而且這些進步對於商業營運考量都很有幫助...

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