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EnterpriseDB 打算推出的 zheap,想要解 VACUUM 問題...

前天被問到「DO or UNDO - there is no VACUUM」這篇,回家後仔細看一看再翻了一些資料,看起來是要往 InnoDB 的解法靠...

PostgreSQL 與 InnoDB 都是透過 MVCC 的概念實做 transaction 之間的互動,但兩者實際的作法不太一樣。其中帶來一個明顯的差異就是 PostgreSQL 需要 VACUUM。這點在同一篇作者八年前 (2011) 的文章就有提過兩者的差異以及優缺點:「MySQL vs. PostgreSQL, Part 2: VACUUM vs. Purge」。

UPDATE 時,InnoDB 會把新資料寫到表格內,然後把可能會被 rollback 的舊資料放到表格外:

In InnoDB, only the most recent version of an updated row is retained in the table itself. Old versions of updated rows are moved to the rollback segment, while deleted row versions are left in place and marked for future cleanup. Thus, purge must get rid of any deleted rows from the table itself, and clear out any old versions of updated rows from the rollback segment.

而被 DELETE 清除的資料則是由 purge thread 處理:

All the information necessary to find the deleted records that might need to be purged is also written to the rollback segment, so it's quite easy to find the rows that need to be cleaned out; and the old versions of the updated records are all in the rollback segment itself, so those are easy to find, too.

所以可以在 InnoDB 看到 purge thread 相關的設定:「MySQL :: MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual :: 14.6.11 Configuring InnoDB Purge Scheduling」,負責處理這些東西。

而在 PostgreSQL 的作法則是反過來,舊的資料放在原來地方,新資料另外存:

PostgreSQL takes a completely different approach. There is no rollback tablespace, or anything similar. When a row is updated, the old version is left in place; the new version is simply written into the table along with it.


Lacking a centralized record of what must be purged, PostgreSQL's VACUUM has historically needed to scan the entire table to look for records that might require cleanup.

這也使得 PostgreSQL 裡需要 autovacuum 之類的程序去掃,或是手動跑 vacuum。而在去年 (2017) 的文章裡也有提到目前還是類似的情況:「MVCC and VACUUM」。

而在今年 (2018) 的文章裡,EnterpriseDB 就提出了 zheap 的想法,在 UPDATE 時寫到 table 裡,把可能被 rollback 的資料放到 undo log 裡。其實就是把 InnoDB 那套方法拿過來用,只是整篇都沒提到而已 XD:

That brings me to the design which EnterpriseDB is proposing. We are working to build a new table storage format for PostgreSQL, which we’re calling zheap. In a zheap, whenever possible, we handle an UPDATE by moving the old row version to an undo log, and putting the new row version in the place previously occupied by the old one. If the transaction aborts, we retrieve the old row version from undo and put it back in the original location; if a concurrent transaction needs to see the old row version, it can find it in undo. Of course, this doesn’t work when the block is full and the row is getting wider, and there are some other problem cases as well, but it covers many useful cases. In the typical case, therefore, even bulk updates do not force a zheap to grow. Instead, the undo grows. When a transaction commits, all row versions that will become dead are in the undo, not the zheap.

不過馬上就會想到問題,如果要改善問題,不是個找地方記錄哪些位置要回收就好了嗎?順便改變方法是為了避免 fragment 嗎?


PostgreSQL 對 Vacuum 效能的改善

在「No More Full-Table Vacuums」這邊提到了 PostgreSQL 在 vacuum 時效能的大幅改善,尤其是大型資料庫在 vacuum 時需要對整個表格從頭到尾掃一次以確保 transaction id 的正確性:

Current releases of PostgreSQL need to read every page in the database at least once every 2 billion write transactions (less, with default settings) to verify that there are no old transaction IDs on that page which require "freezing".


All of a sudden, when the number of transaction IDs that have been consumed crosses some threshold, autovacuum begins processing one or more tables, reading every page. This consumes much more I/O bandwidth, and exerts much more cache pressure on the system, than a standard vacuum, which reads only recently-modified page.

而作者送了 patch 改成只會讀還沒搞定的部份:

Instead of whole-table vacuums, we now have aggressive vacuums, which will read every page in the table that isn't already known to be entirely frozen.

要注意的是,agreesive vacuum 相較於 vacuum 會多吃很多資源,但可以打散掉 (有點像一次大 GC 導致 lag 與多次 minor GC 讓程式反應時間變得比較順暢的比較):

An aggressive vacuum still figures to read more data than a regular vacuum, possibly a lot more. But at least it won't read the data that hasn't been touched since the last aggressive vacuum, and that's a big improvement.

這個功能預定在 PostgreSQL 9.6 出現,不知道會不會變 default...