Priority: Major - P3
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: WT2.7.0
... so that multi-threaded append workloads don't get forced to evict pages when they fall behind.
In the past, we had a single size limit (memory_page_max, default 5MB), and when pages grew to that size, threads stalled and tried to evict / split them. We added in-memory splits as a lightweight operation that creates a new page so that appends can move on, leaving the large page behind for eviction threads to write and split.
That scheme worked well for single-threaded appends, or workloads where threads stayed closely in lock-step. We also added some delays to when pages were considered for splits to try to give threads a chance to move to the new page before the old one was locked for eviction.
However, if we triggered in-memory splits sooner (e.g., at 80% of memory_page_max, before the last page gets completely full, then other threads should notice the new end-of-tree before the previous page has to be locked down.