You can configure Starburst Enterprise platform (SEP) to collect and store its own managed Table statistics for some data sources that only collect or expose a limited number of statistics. These additional statistics can then enable the query planner to make better-informed, cost-based optimizations.
Managed statistics is a public preview feature. Contact Starburst Support with questions or feedback.
Managed statistics requires the following:
A valid backend service configuration and underlying database.
An internal shared secret to secure transmission of statistics.
The managed statistics feature is only supported in select connectors. Reference the connectors feature matrix for more information about which connectors support this feature.
Coordinator node configuration#
In order to enable managed statistics for a cluster, add the following
configuration properties to
config.properties on the coordinator node only:
In addition to enabling managed statistics for the cluster, you must also enable managed statistics for each catalog.
To enable managed statistics for a catalog, add the following catalog
configuration property to the catalog configuration file under
Managed statistics configuration properties#
The following configuration properties are used to control managed statistics on the coordinator:
Enables managed statistics on a cluster. Defaults to
Maximum amount of time for managed statistics to be stored on the
in-memory cache on the coordinator before they are retrieved from the
database. For more information see statistics storage and management. Default value is
Maximum number of objects stored in the in-memory statistics cache. If
this value is exceeded, the least-used statistics are discarded and only
retrieved again from the database when the query planner needs to
reference them. Defaults to
Managed statistics must be collected manually with the ANALYZE statement or the
collect_statistics command in an ALTER TABLE EXECUTE statement depending on the connector. The
column parameter is used to limit statistics collection to a
specified array of column names. See the connector documentation for more
ALTER TABLE EXECUTE or
ANALYZE statement support and syntax
for that connector.
The following statistics are collected:
For a table:
Row count: The total number of rows in the table.
For each column in a table:
Nulls fraction: The fraction of null values.
Distinct value count: The number of distinct values.
Range: For data types that have a range, the range of values.
Data size: For textual data types, the total data size of all values.
Other methods of collecting statistics continue to be used for a table until
you execute the
collect_statistics command on that table. Collecting
statistics for one table using the
collect_statistics command does not
prevent SEP from continuing to collect statistics for other tables from
Storage and management#
When statistics are collected, they are stored in the backend service database
collect_statistics is run again and overwrites any stale
statistics. These statistics are pulled from the database into an in-memory
cache on the coordinator at a frequency defined by the
managed-statistics.cache-ttl configuration property which defaults to 10
minutes. The query planner accesses this in-memory cache for statistics instead
of the backend service database, reducing network I/O on the database at the
cost of additional memory usage on the coordinator node. To disable the
in-memory cache and have the query planner directly access the backend service
database for statistics, set the
managed-statistics.cache-ttl property to
The in-memory cache retrieves its statistics from the SEP database, not from
catalogs directly, so you must still routinely run the
command to ensure that the cache does not store stale statistics.