Re: Memory Sizing Advice
Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 08:05:53 -0700 (PDT)
On May 9, 9:56 am, bhonaker <bhona..._at_gmail.com> wrote:
> On May 9, 10:06 am, "fitzjarr..._at_cox.net" <orat..._at_msn.com> wrote:
> > On May 9, 8:47 am, bhonaker <bhona..._at_gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > The question I have is, is there any downside to me buying, say, a 32G
> > > > box and setting the SGA size at 20G? Will I actually end up harming my
> > > > performance with an over-large SGA (assuming I have enough physical
> > > > memory to keep the box out of swap)?
> > > Since everyone is busy telling you how to tune instead of answering
> > > your question, you might have to infer that the answer is "No, there
> > > is no downside to adding memory." That's my takeaway from no
> > > negatives pointed out anyway...
> > Then you're not reading the entire thread, as I posted that installing
> > all of the physical memory a server can accept, then allocating 80% of
> > that to the database would be wasteful, to say the least.
> To me "wasteful" does not translate to "harming performance"
> > Knowing that this is a Windows operating sytem, which requires 2 gig for the
> > operating system alone, may make that 80% allocation 'impossible' thus
> > creating a scenario of constant paging/swapping to/from disk. Of
> > course even a successful allocation of that much memory to the SGA
> > would create a paging/swapping situation as PGA components may require
> > more free memory than is available. Which, in turn, sends performance
> > into the proverbial dumpster.
> > Even if he's lucky and no paging occurs it's highly likely his memory
> > allocations will be unused as constantly changing data causes the
> > cache to be refreshed from disk, thus killing the 'benefit' of having
> > all of those lovely data blocks in cache. And bloating the SGA to
> > starve the O/S is ... not the wisest of moves.
> Pat suggested "a 32G box and setting the SGA size at 20G." Are you
> saying that 12G for the OS would be starving it?
> > The negatives of this situation are known by most of those who have
> > posted to this thread. Siimply because you can't see them in print is
> > no indication they don't exist.
> > David Fitzjarrell
> I understand that 99% of the posters here are more knowledgable than
> me. I am not trying to be argumentative, I simply haven't seen any
> negatives listed - perhaps I need to learn to read between the lines
> better? All I see is people saying it is wasteful and that there are
> better ways to spend time and money, but I haven't seen anyone say
> "The reason you DON'T want a 20G SGA allocated out of 32G is because
> this will happen and this will happen, you would be better off with a
> 10G SGA allocated out of 32G."
And no one can honestly say that without actually seeing the system in question.
David Fitzjarrell Received on Fri May 09 2008 - 10:05:53 CDT