Writer scaling properties#

By default, the number of writer tasks is static. Enabling writer scaling allows Trino to dynamically scale out the number of writer tasks rather than allocating a fixed number of tasks. Additional tasks are added when the average amount of physical data per writer is above a minimum threshold, but only if the query is bottlenecked on writing.

Writer scaling is useful with connectors like Hive that produce one or more files per writer – reducing the number of writers results in a larger average file size. However, writer scaling can have a small impact on query wall time due to the decreased writer parallelism while the writer count ramps up to match the needs of the query.


  • Type: boolean

  • Default value: false

Enable writer scaling. This can be specified on a per-query basis using the scale_writers session property.


  • Type: data size

  • Default value: 32MB

The minimum amount of data that must be written by a writer task before another writer is eligible to be added. Each writer task may have multiple writers, controlled by task.writer-count, thus this value is effectively divided by the number of writers per task. This can be specified on a per-query basis using the writer_min_size session property.