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ADVANCED table compression: an improvement

Following previous blog re BASIC compression, here are a couple of simple tests with Advanced Compression - which is supposed to survive conventional DML.

BASIC table compression: use with care

BASIC table compression is bundled with all database editions, and can achieve respectable compression ratios. But beware! Subsequent DML may be disastrous.

How and why to quiesce the database

The ability to quiesce the database was introduced in release 9, but to this day I find that many people are not aware of it. It can be really useful - so let's describe it. I'll begin by positioning the quiesce capability: when is it useful. Then detail how to do it, then reverse engineer the mechanism.

Book review: Brian Peasland, Oracle RAC Performance Tuning

Excellent book - I've just posted this review on Amazon:

Redo and undo volumes - take two

Following a question on OTN I did another test on redo and undo, just to prove that frequent COMMIT can be bad for performance. The results surprised me. I expected that row-by-row commit would be worse then a single commit at the end of a multi-row transaction, but I hadn't expected it to be this bad. As well as being much slower, both undo and redo volumes are vastly greater.

Redo and undo volumes

How much undo and redo does Oracle generate for different operations? More than you might think.

Using reverse key indexes to solve buffer busy wait problems

Buffer busy wait and related events can cripple performance of concurrent inserts. Bad in a single instance database, far worse in a RAC (think "gc buffer busy"). Often the problem is because of a primary key populated from a sequence. Reversing the index can fix this problem.

Using hash clusters to solve buffer busy wait problems

Concurrent inserts into a table will often result in crippling buffer busy wait problems as sessions serialize on access to the last block(s) of the table segment. Using hash clusters can remove the issue.

Database 12c deferred global index maintenance

Many people are terrified of global indexes, one reason being that partition DDLs on the table will either render them unusable, or take forever as they are updated. Deferred global index maintenance solves this, and should be an important driver for the 12c upgrade.

The COMMIT_WRITE parameter

Can this parameter really boost performance? This simple test suggests that it can.