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Last week, the team at PostgreSQL released a progress update for the eagerly awaited PostgreSQL 12. This release  comes with performance improvements and better server configuration, indexes, recovery parameters and much more.


This article was updated 05.14.2019 to correct the fact that this was a progress update for PostgreSQL, not a software release.

What’s going to be coming in PostgreSQL 12?


In PostgreSQL 12  the Just-in-Time (JIT) compilation will be enabled by default. Memory consumption of COPY and function calls will be reduced and the search performance for multi-byte characters will also be improved.

Server configuration

Updates to server configuration will add the ability to enable/disable cluster checksums using pg_checksums. It should also reduce the default value of autovacuum_vacuum_cost_delay to 2ms and allows time-based server variables to use micro-seconds.

Indexes in PostgreSQL 12 

The speed of btree index insertions should be optimized for PostgreSQL. The new code will also improve the space-efficiency of page splits and should further reduce locking overhead, and gives better performance for UPDATEs and DELETEs on indexes with many duplicates.

Recovery parameters

PostgreSQL 12 should also allow recovery parameters to be changed with reload. These parameters include, archive_cleanup_command, promote_trigger_file, recovery_end_command, and recovery_min_apply_delay. It also allows streaming replication timeout.

OID columns

The special behavior of OID columns will likely be removed, but columns will still be explicitly specified as type OID. The operations on tables that have columns named OID will need to be adjusted.

Data types

Data types abstime, reltime, and tinterval look as though they’ll be removed from PostgreSQL 12.

Geometric functions

Geometric functions and operators will be refactored to produce better results than are currently available. The geometric types can be restructured to handle NaN, underflow, overflow and division by zero.

To learn more about what’s likely to be coming to PostgreSQL 12, check out the official announcement.

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