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Grant McAlister

Amazon Web Services

Grant McAlister is a Senior Principal Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he works on RDS - Amazon's Relational Database Service, the service he helped found 10 years ago. Prior to AWS, Grant was responsible for the performance, scalability and availability of Amazon's databases. Before joining in 1999, Grant worked as an Independent Database Consultant and as a Senior Principal Consultant for Oracle Corporation. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Alberta.

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This talk will first introduce the different ways PostgreSQL can use memory, from the operating system, to cluster wide and then into per session and per operation. From there we will dive into specifics around different PostgreSQL parameters like shared_buffers, work_mem, maintenance_work_mem and how to set them depending on your workload. The presentation will also cover some of the lesser known ways that PostgreSQL will consume memory, how you can diagnose what is using the memory in your PostgreSQL cluster and possible ways to avoid running out of memory. Additionally the talk we will cover the importance of hugepages for not only performance but memory usage on large memory systems.

50 min
Postgres Conference 2020
Ops and Administration