Partition-Wise Operations – New Features in 12c and 18c

Partition-wise operations are not something new. I do not remember when they were introduced, but at that time the release number was still a single digit. Anyway, the aim of this post is not to describe the basics, but only to describe what is new in that area in 12c and 18c.

The new features can be grouped in three categories:

  • Partition-wise GROUP BY enhancements available as of version 12.2
  • Partition-wise DISTINCT enhancements available (more...)

TKPROF’s Argument PDBTRACE

If you run TKPROF without arguments, you get a complete list of its arguments with a short description for each of them (here the output generated by version 18.1.0):

$ tkprof
Usage: tkprof tracefile outputfile [explain= ] [table= ]
              [print= ] [insert= ] [sys= ] [sort= ]
  table=schema.tablename   Use 'schema.tablename' with 'explain=' option.
  explain=user/password    Connect to ORACLE and issue EXPLAIN PLAN.
  print=integer    List only the first 'integer' SQL statements.
  pdbtrace=user/password   Connect  (more...)

Scripts to Download Oracle Database 18c Documentation

In the past I already shared with you the scripts I use to download the Oracle Database documentation. The aim of this short post is to reference the scripts I just wrote for 18c.

Happy downloading as well as happy reading!

PS: I also refreshed the scripts for 12.1 and 12.2.

CDB Views and Query Optimizer Cardinality Estimations

Today I faced a performance problem caused by a bad cardinality estimation involving a CDB view in a 12.1.0.2 multitenant environment. While solving the problem I did a number of observations that I try to summarize in this blog post.

First of all, when checking the execution plan of a query already running for more than two hours, I noticed that, in the execution plan, neither the referenced CDB view nor one (more...)

How Well a Query Optimizer Handles Subqueries?

At the beginning of December, at the UKOUG Tech17 conference in Birmingham (GB), I presented a comparison of the query optimizers of MySQL 8.0.3 and PostgreSQL 10.1. One of the things I talked about is their ability to handle subqueries. I summarized my findings with the following sentence:

Simple sub-queries that are not correctly optimized were observed.

It goes without saying that such a sentence leaves a lot of questions open. After (more...)

Purging Unused Triples Is a Never-ending Operation

This is a short post to point out a problem I recently discovered and for which I couldn’t find information online. Hence, in case you hit it, thanks to this short post I hope that you’ll save some time.

The documentation describes a procedure you can use to get rid of dangling triples stored in a semantic network. Simply put, you must execute a PL/SQL block like the following:

BEGIN
  sem_apis.purge_unused_values(flags => 'PARALLEL');
END;

(more...)

SQL_ADAPTIVE_PLAN_RESOLVED Is Broken

You can use the V$SQL.IS_RESOLVED_ADAPTIVE_PLAN column to know whether the execution plan associated to a child cursor is adaptive or not. Specifically, to know whether the query optimizer selected either an adaptive join method or an adaptive star transformation (notice that it is not set when the hybrid hash distribution is involved).

The column takes one of the following values:

  • NULL: the execution plan associated to the cursor is not adaptive
  • N: (more...)

SPD State Does Not Change If Adaptive Statistics Are Disabled

The aim of this post is to point out an issue (bug?) that I recently discovered. But, before talking about it, I need to go through a rather long introduction about the state of SQL plan directive (SPD).

As of version 12.1.0.2, an SPD has two state information. You can see both of them through the CDB/DBA_SQL_PLAN_DIRECTIVES data dictionary views:

  • The STATE column, which takes the values USABLE and SUPERSEDED, informs (more...)

The APPROX_MEDIAN Function – A Test Case

The aim of this post is not to explain how the APPROX_MEDIAN function works (you find basic information in the documentation) but to show you the results of a test case I run to assess how well it works.

Here’s what I did…

I started in the Oracle Database Public Cloud an instance of version 12.2.

Then I created a table with several numerical columns (the name of each column shows how many (more...)

Activating and Deactivating Performance Feedback

Performance feedback is one of the adaptive query optimizer features introduced in Oracle Database 12c. The aim of this short post isn’t to explain how it works, but to simply warn you about a buggy behavior in its configuration.

The parameters that control performance feedback are the following:

  • OPTIMIZER_ADAPTIVE_FEATURES (12.1 only): if set to TRUE (default), performance feedback is enabled. Otherwise, it is disabled.
  • OPTIMIZER_ADAPTIVE_STATISTICS (12.1 with patch 22652097, and 12.2): if (more...)