Preserving the Neo4j pagecache across database restarts

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(Dana Canzano) #1

Commencing with Neo4j 3.4 and as a result of PR 10957, and when using Neo4j Enterprise the
Neo4j pagecache will be preserved across database restarts and as such a need to pre-warm the pagecache may no longer be needed.

As a result of the PR, at every 60 seconds we will record the pages of the Neo4j pagecache and store this data at graph.db/profile.
Contents of this directory are similar to

ls -al
total 80
drwxrwxr-x 2 neo4j neo4j 4096 Apr 18 12:12 .
drwxrwxr-x 6 neo4j neo4j 4096 Apr 18 12:06 ..
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.counts.db.a.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 18 12:11 neostore.counts.db.b.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   24 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.labelscanstore.db.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.labeltokenstore.db.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.labeltokenstore.db.names.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   28 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.nodestore.db.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.nodestore.db.labels.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.propertystore.db.arrays.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   29 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.propertystore.db.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.propertystore.db.index.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.propertystore.db.index.keys.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.propertystore.db.strings.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.relationshipgroupstore.db.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.relationshipstore.db.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.relationshiptypestore.db.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.relationshiptypestore.db.names.cacheprof
-rw-rw-r-- 1 neo4j neo4j   21 Apr 19 08:31 neostore.schemastore.db.cacheprof

Since each file represents a gzipped bitmap of which pages are in-memory for a given file (i.e. each 8 KiB page is represented by one
bit) we expect the above files to remain relatively small in size.

Also, the graph.db/profiles will be included in backups and thus upon restore and Neo4j start, the pagecahce will be
reloaded based upon the state of the pagecache at time of backup.