Working with Hierarchical Resource Queues

This section describes how administrators can define and work with resource queues in order to allocate resource usage within HAWQ. By designing hierarchical resource queues, system administrators can balance system resources to queries as needed.

HAWQ Resource Queues

Resource queues are the main tool for managing the degree of concurrency in a HAWQ system. Resource queues are database objects that you create with the CREATE RESOURCE QUEUE SQL statement. You can use them to manage the number of active queries that may execute concurrently, and the maximum amount of memory and CPU usage each type of query is allocated. Resource queues can also guard against queries that would consume too many resources and degrade overall system performance.

Internally, HAWQ manages its resources dynamically based on a system of hierarchical resource queues. HAWQ uses resource queues to allocate resources efficiently to concurrently running queries. Resource queues are organized as a n-ary tree, as depicted in the diagram below.

Hawq resource queues

When HAWQ is initialized, there is always one queue named pg_root at the root of the tree and one queue named pg_default. If YARN is configured, HAWQ’s resource manager automatically fetches the capacity of this root queue from the global resource manager. When you create a new resource queue, you must specify a parent queue. This forces all resource queues to organize into a tree.

When a query comes in, after query parsing and semantic analysis, the optimizer coordinates with HAWQ resource manager on the resource usage for the query and get an optimized plan given the resources available for the query. The resource allocation for each query is sent with the plan together to the segments. Consequently, each query executor (QE) knows the resource quota for the current query and enforces the resource consumption during the whole execution. When query execution finishes or is cancelled. the resource is returned to the HAWQ resource manager.

About Branch Queues and Leaf Queues

In this hierarchical resource queue tree depicted in the diagram, there are branch queues (rectangles outlined in dashed lines) and leaf queues (rectangles drawn with solid lines). Only leaf queues can be associated with roles and accept queries.

Query Resource Allocation Policy

The HAWQ resource manager follows several principles when allocating resources to queries:

  • Resources are allocated only to queues that have running or queued queries.
  • When multiple queues are busy, the resource manager balances resources among queues based on resource queue capacities.
  • In one resource queue, when multiple queries are waiting for resources, resources are distributed evenly to each query in a best effort manner.

Enforcing Limits on Resources

You can configure HAWQ to enforce limits on resource usage by setting memory and CPU usage limits on both segments and resource queues. See Configuring Segment Resource Capacity and Creating Resource Queues. For some best practices on designing and using resource queues in HAWQ, see Best Practices for Managing Resources.

For a high-level overview of how resource management works in HAWQ, see Managing Resources.

Setting the Maximum Number of Resource Queues

You can configure the maximum number of resource queues allowed in your HAWQ cluster.

By default, the maximum number of resource queues that you can create in HAWQ is 128.

You can configure this property in hawq-site.xml. The new maximum takes effect when HAWQ restarts. For example, the configuration below sets this value to 50.


The minimum value that can be configured is 3, and the maximum is 1024.

To check the currently configured limit, you can execute the following command:

postgres=# SHOW hawq_rm_nresqueue_limit;
(1 row)

Creating Resource Queues

Use CREATE RESOURCE QUEUE to create a new resource queue. Only a superuser can run this DDL statement.

Creating a resource queue involves giving it a name, a parent, setting the CPU and memory limits for the queue, and optionally a limit to the number of active statements on the resource queue. See CREATE RESOURCE QUEUE.

Note: You can only associate roles and queries with leaf-level resource queues. Leaf-level resource queues are resource queues that do not have any children.


Create a resource queue as a child of pg_root with an active query limit of 20 and memory and core limits of 50%:


Create a resource queue as a child of pg_root with memory and CPU limits and a resource overcommit factor:

CREATE RESOURCE QUEUE test_queue_1 WITH (PARENT='pg_root',

Altering Resource Queues

Use ALTER RESOURCE QUEUE to modify an existing resource queue. Only a superuser can run this DDL statement.

The ALTER RESOURCE QUEUE statement allows you to modify resource limits and the number of active statements allowed in the queue. You cannot change the parent queue of an existing resource queue, and you are subject to the same constraints that apply to the creation of resource queues.

You can modify an existing resource queue even when it is active or when one of its descendents is active. All queued resource requsts are adjusted based on the modifications to the resource queue.

However, when you alter a resource queue, queued resource requests may encounter some conflicts. For example, a resource deadlock can occur or some requests cannot be satisfied based on the newly modified resource queue capacity.

To prevent conflicts, HAWQ cancels by default all resource requests that are in conflict with the new resource queue definition. This behavior is controlled by the hawq_rm_force_alterqueue_cancel_queued_request server configuration parameter, which is by default set to true (on). If you set the server configuration parameter hawq_rm_force_alterqueue_cancel_queued_request to false, the actions specified in ALTER RESOURCE QUEUE are canceled if the resource manager finds at least one resource request that is in conflict with the new resource definitions supplied in the altering command.

For more information, see ALTER RESOURCE QUEUE.

Note: To change the roles (users) assigned to a resource queue, use the ALTER ROLE command.


Change the memory and core limit of a resource queue:


Change the active statements maximum for the resource queue:


Dropping Resource Queues

Use DROP RESOURCE QUEUE to remove an existing resource queue.

DROP RESOURCE QUEUE drops an existing resource queue. Only a superuser can run this DDL statement when the queue is not busy. You cannot drop a resource queue that has at least one child resource queue or a role assigned to it.

The default resource queues pg_root and pg_default cannot be dropped.


Remove a role from a resource queue (and move the role to the default resource queue, pg_default):


Remove the resource queue named adhoc:


Checking Existing Resource Queues

The HAWQ catalog table pg_resqueue saves all existing resource queues.

The following example shows the data selected from pg_resqueue.

postgres=# SELECT rsqname,parentoid,activestats,memorylimit,corelimit,resovercommit,
FROM pg_resqueue WHERE rsqname='test_queue_1';
   rsqname    | parentoid | activestats | memorylimit | corelimit | resovercommit | allocpolicy | vsegresourcequota | nvsegupperlimit | nvseglowerlimit |nvsegupperlimitperseg  | nvseglowerlimitperseg
 test_queue_1 |      9800 |         100 | 50%         | 50%       |             2 | even        | mem:128mb         | 0               | 0               | 0                     |1

The query displays all the attributes and their values of the selected resource queue. See CREATE RESOURCE QUEUE for a description of these attributes.

You can also check the runtime status of existing resource queues by querying the pg_resqueue_status view:

postgres=# SELECT * FROM pg_resqueue_status;
  rsqname   | segmem | segcore  | segsize | segsizemax | inusemem | inusecore | rsqholders | rsqwaiters | paused
 pg_root    | 128    | 0.125000 | 64      | 64         | 0        | 0.000000  | 0          | 0          | F
 pg_default | 128    | 0.125000 | 32      | 64         | 0        | 0.000000  | 0          | 0          | F(2 rows)

The query returns the following pieces of data about the resource queue’s runtime status:

Resource Queue Runtime Description
rsqname HAWQ resource queue name
segmem Virtual segment memory quota in MB
segcore Virtual segment vcore quota
segsize Number of virtual segments the resource queue can dispatch for query execution
segsizemax Maximum number of virtual segments the resource queue can dispatch for query execution when overcommit the other queues’ resource quota
inusemem Accumulated memory in use in MB by current running statements
inusecore Accumulated vcore in use by current running statements
rsqholders The total number of concurrent running statements
rsqwaiters Total number of queuing statements
paused Indicates whether the resource queue is temporarily paused due to no resource status changes. ‘F’ means false, ‘T’ means true, ‘R’ means maybe the resource queue has encountered a resource fragmentation problem

Assigning Roles to Resource Queues

By default, a role is assigned to pg_default resource queue. Assigning a role to a branch queue is not allowed.

The following are some examples of creating and assigning a role to a resource queue:


ALTER ROLE rmtest1 RESOURCE QUEUE test_queue_1;