Quick Tip: Create “Super Wide” Tables

Posted May 27, 2021 by Jim Knicely, Vertica Field Chief Technologist

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Starting in Vertica 10.1.0, you can go super wide with up to 9,800 column definitions in a table! Prior to Vertica 10.1.x, tables were limited to 1,600 columns.


Creating a table with 9,800 columns:

verticademos=> \! vsql -Atc "SELECT 'CREATE TABLE test_wide_table (' UNION ALL SELECT c || ' INT' || NVL2(LEAD(c) OVER(ORDER BY rn), ',', '') FROM (SELECT row_number() OVER() rn, 'col' || row_number() OVER() c FROM seed LIMIT 9800) foo UNION ALL SELECT ');'" | vsql


Hint: Try to avoid running a SELECT * FROM … a table with 9,800 columns and a trillion+ rows 😊

Have fun!