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RE: Partitioned tables & indexes

From: Ian Cary (C) <>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 09:27:17 +0100
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The point is that these type of queries shouldn't need to use an index as y= our query predicate of

WHERE date_created >=3D3D TO_DATE('2005-01-01 00:00:00','YYYY-MM-DD HH24:= MI=3D
 AND date_created < TO_DATE('2005-05-04 00:00:00','YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS')

is basically saying "give me all the data between the 1st January and 3rd M=
ay". A partitioned table will automatically eliminate partitions outside if=
 this range without using an index (as long as the query is using the parti=
tioning key as a where predicate which yours seems to be)
Because of this, performance for this query should remain static so your sl=
ow down is either due to partition elimination not working correctly which =
can easily be checked from the query plan or is it possible that your query=
 is a "year to date query" so you are always asking for a 1,000,000 more ro=
ws than the previous days query which will inevitably slow down as the year=
 pogresses due to the extra amount of processing you are asking it to do.
B.T.W. As I mentioned in a previous posting, unless you are only interested=
 in an hour of so's worth of data your index on the date_created column is =
totally redundant and may even harm perfomance. Try forcing your query to u=
se it using a hint to see what I mean.



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