Managing Greenplum Database resources with resource groups.
Memory, CPU, and concurrent transaction management have a significant impact on performance in a Greenplum Database cluster. Resource groups are a newer resource management scheme that enforce memory, CPU, and concurrent transaction limits in Greenplum Database.
While it is not always possible to increase system memory, you can avoid many out-of-memory conditions by configuring resource groups to manage expected workloads.
The following operating system and Greenplum Database memory settings are significant when you manage Greenplum Database resources with resource groups:
This Linux kernel parameter, set in
/etc/sysctl.conf, identifies the method that the operating system uses to determine how much memory can be allocated to processes.
vm.overcommit_memory must always be set to 2 for Greenplum Database systems.
This Linux kernel parameter, set in
/etc/sysctl.conf, identifies the percentage of RAM that is used for application processes; the remainder is reserved for the operating system. Tune the setting as necessary. If your memory utilization is too low, increase the value; if your memory or swap usage is too high, decrease the setting.
The percentage of system memory to allocate to Greenplum Database. The default value is .7 (70%).
gp_workfile_limit_files_per_query to limit the maximum number of temporary spill files (workfiles) allowed per query. Spill files are created when a query requires more memory than it is allocated. When the limit is exceeded the query is terminated. The default is zero, which allows an unlimited number of spill files and may fill up the file system.
If there are numerous spill files then set
gp_workfile_compress_algorithm to compress the spill files. Compressing spill files may help to avoid overloading the disk subsystem with IO operations.
memory_spill_ratio to increase or decrease the amount of query operator memory Greenplum Database allots to a query. When
memory_spill_ratio is larger than 0, it represents the percentage of resource group memory to allot to query operators. If concurrency is high, this memory amount may be small even when
memory_spill_ratio is set to the max value of 100. When you set
memory_spill_ratio to 0, Greenplum Database uses the
statement_mem setting to determine the initial amount of query operator memory to allot.
memory_spill_ratio is 0, Greenplum Database uses the
statement_mem setting to determine the amount of memory to allocate to a query.
Available memory for resource groups may be limited on systems that use low or no swap space, and that use the default
gp_resource_group_memory_limit settings. To ensure that Greenplum Database has a reasonable per-segment-host memory limit, you may be required to increase one or more of the following configuration settings:
Greenplum Database resource groups provide a powerful mechanism for managing the workload of the cluster. Consider these general guidelines when you configure resource groups for your system:
SUPERUSERprivileges runs under the default resource group named
admin_group. Keep this in mind when scheduling and running Greenplum administration utilities.
CONCURRENCYresource group parameter to limit the number of active queries that members of a particular resource group can run concurrently.
MEMORY_SPILL_RATIOparameters to control the maximum amount of memory that queries running in the resource group can consume.
MEMORY_LIMITs) to a global shared memory pool. This memory is available to all queries on a first-come, first-served basis.
gptoolkitviews to examine resource group resource usage and to monitor how the groups are working.
statement_mem setting (for example, in the 10MB range) has been shown to increase the performance of queries with low memory requirements. Use the
statement_mem server configuration parameter to override the setting on a per-query basis. For example:
SET memory_spill_ratio=0; SET statement_mem='10 MB';
The default resource group for database transactions initiated by Greenplum Database
SUPERUSERs is the group named
admin_group. The default
CONCURRENCY value for the
admin_group resource group is 10.
Certain Greenplum Database administrative utilities may use more than one
CONCURRENCY slot at runtime, such as
gpbackup that you invoke with the
--jobs option. If the utility(s) you run require more concurrent transactions than that configured for
admin_group, consider temporarily increasing the group's
CONCURRENCY values to meet the utility's requirement, making sure to return these parameters back to their original settings when the utility completes.
Note: Memory allocation changes that you initiate with
ALTER RESOURCE GROUP may not take affect immediately due to resource consumption by currently running queries. Be sure to alter resource group parameters in advance of your maintenance window.
Parent topic: Greenplum Database Best Practices