[clug] Tuning Postgres for large amounts of incoming data

Stephen Hocking stephen.hocking at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 02:03:12 UTC 2017

Hi all,

As some of you know, I've created a setup with a few raspberry pis around
the state that record plane positions, this is then logged in a Postgres DB
on a small VM, with about 1.5-2 million records being logged each day.

I've written some code that pulls down the ADS-B Exchange's daily archive
and logs them into my own DB. This is about 120M records per day, being
positions of aircraft all over the world. I'm doing this on a stand-alone
machine, a 6 core AMD box with 32GB of memory. Doing it with a single
threaded steam takes about 2.5 days to log a full day's data, keeping one
core busy, with 60% Postgres & 40% my code Wait on I/O is about 2%.
Splitting the data up into 6 separate streams (one for each core) take
about 14.5 hours to log a day's data. A days' data seems to take up about
30GB in the DB. There's about 20% wait I/O and 54% idle time, which leads
me to suspect I could tune various Postgres parameters.

Has anyone else had experience with this? Googling turns up a bunch of
interesting pages, but some of the tweaks mentioned therein seem more
appropriate for workloads with intensive read queries, which are, as yet,
not on my horizon.


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