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Re: tuning db_multiblock_read_count

From: Wolfgang Breitling <>
Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 10:51:45 -0800
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At 07:27 AM 5/2/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>We have a default block size of 8k on a Solaris v5 in Oracle 8173 which is
>too small, but we cant change it now.
>Id like to tunin the db_multiblock_read_count which is set to 16 which I
>believe is the default. Any suggestions on what to set it to? Or where I
>can find documentation on this?
>We do alot of large full table scans and that small block size is killing

Before changing db_file_multiblock_read_count make sure that your extent sizes are multiples of the new setting * db_block_size, e.g. if you want to double it to 32 then all the extents of all tables or indexes that get full scanned should be in integral multiples of 32*8 = 256K or else it won't buy you anything.

Secondly, increasing db_file_multiblock_read_count will reduce the cost of FTS and FFS for the CBO, so the optimizer may change some plans to take advantage of these lower cost access paths. So be prepared. You can combat that to some degree by lowering the optimizer_index_cost_adj from its default of 100. But now you are already changing two init.ora parameters which can affect a multitude of sql, potentially not all for the better.

Things will be better in 9i where there are two values for multiblock read efficiency - one for the optimizer to make its decision and one for the execution engine so there you can jack up the second setting so that full scans, when they need to be done, are as efficient as possible but have the first at a value such that it does not deter the CBO from index access needlessly.
Wolfgang Breitling
Oracle7, 8, 8i, 9i OCP DBA
Centrex Consulting Corporation

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