Re: Fast Object Checkpoints

From: Taral Desai <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 09:55:01 -0600
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Well This are related to checkpoint and db writer process. Check if this are stuck somewhere. When you see this KO wait check also from v$session or v$session_wait for this two process.

On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 9:12 AM, Rajesh Rao <> wrote:

> I have an SR raised with Oracle support on this, but this list and your
> blogs have been more helpful than Oracle support in the past with such
> problems. Quoting verbatim from the SR I have raised with Oracle support:
> An 8-node RAC cluster on Solaris 10. RAID-5. We have online
> applications hitting the first 6 nodes and making DML changes to about 10
> tables. On the 7th node, upon kicking off a batch job, that invokes a select
> with full and parallel hints for few of these tables in a single select
> statement, we see that batch job waiting on an “enq:KO fast object
> checkpoint”. We also see sessions on the first 6 nodes waiting on “gc cr
> request” and “gc buffer busy” waits on calls that reference those tables.
> I understand that parallel scans need to do direct reads from disk and
> hence the batch session would post the CKPT processes on all nodes to write
> dirty buffers for those objects accessed to disk. The CKPT would post DBWR
> to do the writes. The ODMSTAT data that we collected shows this heavy writes
> happening on the datafiles that hold those objects. However, following this
> write, the reads/writes as observed in odmstat suddenly drop . I guess that
> this drop in i/o activity is because we see plenty of sessions are waiting
> on the “gc” waits mentioned earlier, on calls that reference those tables.
> After anywhere from 2 to 90 seconds, all the waits dissappear, the batch
> continues to work and the application is back to normal.
> Question: What happens after a session initiates a fast object checkpoint
> for a table in a RAC environment? Why do we see sessions that access those
> some tables start waiting on “gc” related waits? Does Oracle lock up access
> to all buffers until all the instances have completed the writes to disk? Is
> there a way to ease the impact from it that we see?
> I understand fast object checkpoint can be disabled by setting
> "_db_fast_obj_ckpt"=false". What is the impact to parallel scans with this
> setting? Any other adverse impact from setting this parameter?
> I believe I am asking a general question that won’t need any
> AWR’s/RDA’s/Systemdumps or hanganalyze traces to be uploaded. I am also not
> soliciting advice on how to tune parallel queries or the preferred storage
> for write intensive applications. If this needs to go to a specific group,
> please direct it.
> Thanks
> Raj
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Thanks & Regards,
Taral Desai

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