A couple of posts ago in this series, I explained how a NAND flash die is comprised of planes, which contain blocks, which contain pages… which contain individual cells of data. Read operations take place at the page level, as do write operations (although we call them program operations in the flash world). But crucially, erase operations take place at the block level and so affect multiple pages.
Erases are also (more...)
Strangest thing happened the other day during a customer upgrade. Our automated scripts were in the process of creating a view and I received the error:
ORA-01720: Grant Option Does Not Exist.
OK….. I get it… BUT…. I didn’t even execute a GRANT statement!? I was just executing a CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW…. what gives?
Doing some searching online, I didn’t find too much that fit my issue. Everyone was getting (more...)
This is another guest post from my buddy Nate Fuzi, who performs the same role as me for Violin but is based in the US instead of EMEA. Because he’s an American, Nate believes that “football” is played using your hands and that the ball is actually egg-shaped. This is of course ridiculous, because as the entire rest of the world knows, this is football whereas the game Nate is thinking of is (more...)
A couple of people have asked me recently about a classic problem that most DBAs know: how to view ASM trace files in the VIM editor when the filenames start with a + character. To my surprise, there are actually quite a few different ways of doing it. Since it’s come up, I thought I’d list a few of them here… If you have another one to add, feel free to comment. I know that (more...)
In my previous post on the subject of the new ASM Filter Driver (AFD) feature introduced in Oracle’s 184.108.40.206 patchset, I installed the AFD to see how it fulfilled its promise that it “filters out all non-Oracle I/Os which could cause accidental overwrites“. However, because I was ten minutes away from my summer vacation at the point of finishing that post, I didn’t actually get round to writing about what (more...)
This is a very quick post, because I’m about to log off and take an extended summer holiday (or vacation as my crazy American friends call it… but then they call football “soccer” too). Before I go, I wanted to document my initial findings with the new ASM Filter Driver feature introduced in this week’s 12.1.o.2 patchset.
Currently a Linux-only feature, the ASM Filter Driver (or AFD) is a replacement for ASMLib (more...)
This is a post about Oracle Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) Reports. If you are an Oracle professional you doubtless know what these are – and if you have to perform any sort of performance tuning as part of your day job it’s likely you spend a lot of time immersed in them. Goodness knows I do – a few weeks ago I had to analyse 2,304 of them in one (long) day. But for anyone (more...)
For some time now I have preferred Oracle SLOB as my tool for generating I/O workloads using Oracle databases. I’ve previously blogged some information on how to use SLOB for PIO testing, as well as shared some scripts for running tests and extracting results. I’ve now added a whole new landing page for SLOB and a complete guide to running sustained throughput testing.
Why would you want to run sustained throughput tests? Well, one (more...)
The last post in this series discussed the layout of NAND flash memory chips and the way in which cells can be read and written (programmed) at the page level but have to be erased at the (larger) block level. I finished by mentioning that erase operations take substantially longer than read or program operations… but just how big is the difference?
Knowing the answer to this involves first understanding the different types of flash (more...)
In the last post on this subject I described the invention of NAND flash and the way in which erase operations affect larger areas than write operations. Let’s have a look at this in more detail and see what actually happens. First of all, we need to know our way around the different entities on a flash chip: the die, the plane, the block and the page:
NAND Flash Die Layout (image courtesy (more...)
In the past I have been a little critical of Oracle’s support notes and documentation regarding the use of Advanced Format 4k storage devices. I must now take that back, as my new friends in Oracle ASM Development and Product Management very kindly offered to let me write a new support note, which they have just published on My Oracle Support. It’s only supposed to be high level, but it does confirm that the _DISK_SECTOR_SIZE_OVERRIDE (more...)
Anyone that’s been following the release of 12.2 knows that Online Patching is the BIG feature that everyone is talking about. I’ve had the opportunity to utilize this new functionality and it’s been quite interesting. Online Patching is based on the Oracle Database 11.2 feature called (more...)
In the latest release of EBS R12.2, Oracle has introduced the ability to burst in a single concurrent request. Although we predicted this was coming, we weren’t sure what it would mean for users and support admins. What we have found is that the new feature actually creates (more...)
With the release of EBS 12.2, Oracle is making the claim that they have improved the attachment printing process. After reviewing the integration, I completely disagree; they have not given users a better solution. No matter how you slice it, Oracle EBS customers are no further ahead with (more...)
I received the following comment recently on an older Forms Personalization post:
how can i get result from the following equation through personalization
K_LINES.LINE_VALUE = K_HEADER.K_VALUE/K_HEADER.PRIME_K_NUMBER
i want to know what is the syntax and what is the required steps to get the result automatically
Brought a couple new PCs up recently and ran into the subject nasty error when attempting to access EBS. We’ve run into this before and we usually get it worked out one way or another. This time proved to be a bit challenging for some reason… Thought I (more...)
So calling Google Reader dead may be a bit premature, but Googles announcement of their intention to kill their baby all but killed it. On monday it is RIP for the reader. I’ve gone through disbelief to mourning the loss to a search for a replacement that best emulates what (more...)
Bringing Facebook, Gtalk styled messaging to Oracle Webcenter Portal Spaces.
If you still have this blog bookmarked – then head over to CFour where I post regularly and check out my latest WebCenter Portal Integration.
If your interested in a trial contact sales at FishbowlSolutions.com
Here is a quick breakdown of features:
- Does not require beehive, presence or XMMP servers for chat – just an authorised spaces connection
- Authenticates against webcenter and lists your webcenter Connections
- Show User online status
- Can link upto multiple XMPP Servers like the Pidgin Client but within a web browser
I came across Bug 12927519 on Metalink today that suggests that EBS R12.2 may include an enhancement to allow for bursting of BI Publisher/XML Publisher documents in one step (it says it was ‘fixed in product version 220.127.116.11X’)! I do not see anything about in the 12.2 Release Content Documents, but that’s nothing new.
Currently, to burst you have to run 2 concurrent requests. The actual concurrent request to generate your output and then a second concurrent request to actually do the bursting (XML Publisher Report Bursting Program). This is not (more...)