Materialized hypertables

Continuous aggregates take raw data from the original hypertable, aggregate it, and store the intermediate state in a materialization hypertable. You can modify this materialized hypertable in the same way as any other hypertable.

Discover the name of a materialized hypertable

To change a materialized hypertable, you need to discover the name of it. To do this, use the timescaledb_information.continuous_aggregates view). You can then use the name to modify it in the same way as any other hypertable.

Procedure: Discovering the name of a materialized hypertable

  1. At the psqlprompt, query timescaledb_information.continuous_aggregates:
    SELECT view_name, <materialization_hypertable_name>
        FROM timescaledb_information.continuous_aggregates;
  2. Locate the name of the hypertable you want to adjust in the results of the query. The results look like this:
    view_name         |            materialization_hypertable
    ---------------------------+---------------------------------------------------
    conditions_summary_hourly | _timescaledb_internal._materialized_hypertable_30
    conditions_summary_daily  | _timescaledb_internal._materialized_hypertable_31
    (2 rows)

Create indexes on the materialized hypertable

Materialized hypertables include composite indexes. By default, these indexes are created on each column specified as GROUP BY, combined with the time_bucket column. For example, if the continuous aggregate view is defined as GROUP BY device, bucket, the composite index is created on {device, bucket}. If you specify grouping by other columns as well, additional indexes are also created on those columns.

You can turn this behavior off by setting timescaledb.create_group_indexes to false when you create the view. If you want to create additional indexes, or drop some of the default ones, you can do so by creating or dropping the appropriate indexes on the materialization hypertable directly.

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