Posted On: Apr 10, 2023

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for PostgreSQL now supports Amazon RDS Optimized Reads for up to two times faster query processing compared to previous generation instances. Complex queries that utilize temporary tables, such as queries involving sorts, hash aggregations, high-load joins, and Common Table Expressions (CTEs) can now execute up to two times faster with Optimized Reads on RDS for PostgreSQL. Optimized Read-enabled instances achieve faster query processing by placing temporary tables generated by PostgreSQL on the local NVMe-based SSD block-level storage, thereby reducing your traffic to Elastic Block Storage (EBS) over the network. Refer to our recent blog post to learn more about performance improvements using local disk based database instances for workloads that have highly concurrent read/write processing.

Amazon RDS Optimized Reads is available by default on RDS for PostgreSQL versions 15.2 and higher, 14.7 and higher, and 13.10 and higher. This feature is now available on Intel-based M5d and R5d instances with up to 3,600 GiB of NVMe-based-SSD block-level storage and AWS Graviton2-based M6gd and R6gd database (DB) instances with up to 3,800 GiB of NVMe-based SSD block-level storage and up to 25 Gbps of network bandwidth. You can configure these disk based DB instances as Multi-AZ DB cluster, Multi-AZ DB instances, and Single-AZ DB instances. 

You can launch a new Optimized Read Workload with RDS for PostgreSQL in the Amazon RDS Management Console or using the AWS CLI. To learn more about Amazon RDS Optimized Reads feature on Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, refer to the Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL User Guide. For complete information on pricing and regional availability, please refer to the Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL pricing page