I have a table with about 350 M rows with 45 GB, it has around 10 columns ,simplified version below

    VALUE DECIMAL(10, 2),

Once known that

  • Table have a really high concurrency
  • It receives about 3M INSERTS and 5M UPDATES per day, update uses the PK
  • By company policies reasons
    • I must keep old data to grant history
    • I can't partitioning that table
    • I'm really going to have this one table with all data and there is not chance to change that
  • I have to create an index for (CREATION, USER_ID) columns

Is it a good idea to create an index excluding old data to get the index created faster, avoiding table locks and save storage knowing that my queries will just hit the new data?

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    Check the execution plan
    – user1822
    May 3, 2018 at 6:33
  • @a_horse_with_no_name Does explain works with create index statement? I tried it but I get an error
    – deFreitas
    May 3, 2018 at 13:41
  • This answer days it doesn't
    – deFreitas
    May 3, 2018 at 13:42
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    you need to check the execution plan of the query that is supposed to use the index.
    – user1822
    May 3, 2018 at 13:43
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    The index will only make sense to begin with if all your queries include that condition on the creation column. If you are concerned about locking, create the index concurrently
    – user1822
    May 3, 2018 at 13:57

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if you create a partial index then your queries will have also include the condition used to create the index. if they do not the index will be of no use.

when creating the index there will probably need to be a scan of the entire table your only win is a smaller index size.

What index will help queries most depends on what information you want from the table. are you sure that there are enough payments with the exact same creation that including userid as the second term in the index is justified? bear in mind that timestamp is 8 bytes while numeric(20) is 16 bytes, so an index on timestamp only will also be more compact.

An index on payment (userid, creation) will be more useful in the case where you want you find the most recent record, or the payment history, for any particular userid.

  • My point here is to create that index with the minimum of impact to the database, as fast as it can be and avoiding lock, so that's why I put where statement at create index statement, the index itself is fine.
    – deFreitas
    May 3, 2018 at 13:45

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