I admit it: I invented force_parallel_mode. I believed then, and still believe now, that it is valuable for testing purposes. Certainly, testing using force_parallel_mode=on or force_parallel_mode=regress has uncovered many bugs in PostgreSQL's parallel query support that would otherwise have been very difficult to find. At the same time, it's pretty clear that this setting has caused enormous confusion, even among PostgreSQL experts. In fact, in my experience, almost everyone who sets force_parallel_mode is doing so for the wrong reasons. Read more on PostgresRocks >>
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Robert is Chief Architect, Database Server, employed at EnterpriseDB as well as a PostgreSQL Committer. Robert is an expert in OLTP query tuning, schema design, triggers and stored procedures, and internals development, as well as an experienced UNIX/Linux system administrator. Additionally, Robert is a full-life-cycle web developer with skills in needs analysis, application design, database schema design, user interface design, development, testing, user training and acceptance testing, and maintenance.