Re: IPC vs TCP

From: Alex Gorbachev <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:37:22 -0400
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"a little PL/SQL block that executed a few hundred thousand dbcalls"

I have a suspicion that Cary meant PL/SQL block running from Forms or something like that (I can't lookup in his book now - it's in the office). I recalls Forms place calls differently but I don't have significant experience with them to be honest.

On 23-Apr-08, at 8:26 PM, Finn Jorgensen wrote:
> Strange. I was under the impression the TCP stack (on Unix at least)
> would switch you to IPC when it realized you were on the local
> loopback. Of course, I'm not a network guy and I haven't done
> extensive testing, so it's all hearsay.
> Finn
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 6:39 PM, Cary Millsap <
> > wrote:
> Jeff and I saw about a 55:1 response time improvement on a little PL/
> SQL block that executed a few hundred thousand dbcalls in 2001 (this
> is the first case study in the Optimizing Oracle Performance book).
> We ran once connected to an alias with protocol=tcp, and then again
> using a different alias with protocol=beq. Then we ran test 1 again,
> then test 2 again, to eliminate the possibility that the performance
> improvement was just an artifact of db block buffer caching.
> I don't have the repro case for the test we did, but it was
> something like a select of one row from a real table executed over
> and over again. It repeatedly ran about a minute through TCP and
> about a second through BEQ.
> Cary Millsap

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