In mariaDB there is a way to disable columnstore compression in session level (and set the disable flag in each session). Is there any way to change the default compression mode?

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    Hi, thanks for the link, but I don't want to set the parameter at the session level. I wish to change the default... I have to revise my question...
    – ssavva05
    Jan 25, 2022 at 9:10
  • A large part of the beauty of ColumnStore is its compression. What do you hope to gain by changing the default?
    – Rick James
    Jan 25, 2022 at 15:28
  • I want to check if this will improve the insert speed
    – ssavva05
    Jan 26, 2022 at 17:00

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I don't know the details of INSERT in Columnstore, but I would suspect the following:

  • Inserting one row is quite costly.
  • The code will consider the tradeoffs when adding more data row-by-row
  • Probably: Batch inserting (especially of 64K or more rows) is better optimized.

So... How fast are you inserting rows? Are they being inserted in clumps? What I might do is to gather rows until

  • I have collected X rows, OR
  • Y minutes have passed

After whichever of those happens, then I would do a batch insert.

X might be 10K; Y might be 20 minutes. But those depend on the desired performance characteristics of the application.

(For InnoDB, I recommend batches of 100-1000 or 1MB of gathered Insert text. This runs about 10 times as fast as one-row-at-a time.)

  • I am trying to do a speed test between ColumnStore and InnoDB . I need to find a solution that loads data, analyze it and finally delete it. I am using streamsets and check what each solution can offer.
    – ssavva05
    Jan 26, 2022 at 19:50
  • This is really interesting info, and I am trying to apply it for my tests.
    – ssavva05
    Jan 26, 2022 at 20:37
  • @ssavva05 - It seems useless to have a table that is not SELECTed. And that is where ColumnStore will (for some queries) run much faster than InnoDB.
    – Rick James
    Jan 26, 2022 at 22:10

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