On 20th of March, Andres Freund committed patch:

Use 128-bit math to accelerate some aggregation functions. On platforms where we support 128bit integers, use them to implement faster transition functions for sum(int8), avg(int8), var_*(int2/int4),stdev_*(int2/int4). Where not supported continue to use numeric as a transition type. In some synthetic benchmarks this has been shown to provide significant speedups. Bumps catversion. Discussion: 544BB5F1.50709@proxel.se Author: Andreas Karlsson Reviewed-By: Peter Geoghegan, Petr Jelinek, Andres Freund, Oskari Saarenmaa, David Rowley

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