How Exadata smartscans work

I guess everybody who is working with Oracle databases and has been involved with Oracle Exadata in any way knows about smartscans. It is the smartscan who makes the magic happen of full segment scans with sometimes enormously reduced scan times. The Oracle database does smartscans which something that is referred to as ‘offloading’. This is all general known information.

But how does that work? I assume more people are like me, and are anxious (more...)

Enkitec + Accenture = Even More Awesomeness!

Enkitec is the best consulting firm for hands on implementation, running and troubleshooting your Oracle based systems, especially the engineered systems like Exadata. We have a truly awesome group of people here; many are the best in their field (just look at the list!!!).

This is why I am here.

This is also why Accenture approached us some time ago – and you may already have seen today’s announcement that Enkitec got bought!


Inserts on HCC tables

There are already a lot of blogposts and presentations done about Hybrid Columnar Compression and i am adding one more blogpost to that list. Recently i was doing some small tests one HCC and noticed that that inserts on a HCC row didn’t got compressed and yes i was using direct path loads:

DBA@TEST1> create table hcc_me (text1 varchar2(4000)) compress for archive high;

Table created.

KJJ@TEST1> insert /*+ append */ into hcc_me select dbms_random.string('x',100)  (more...)

Migrating a Database to an Exadata Machine

We have been migrating our databases from the non-Exadata servers to the Exadata Database Machine using the “RMAN 11g Duplicate standby from Active database” command, to create the standby databases on the Exadata machine. Below are the steps which were performed for these successful migrations. Assumptions Here we assume that the following tasks has been […]

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Database Shutdown With crsctl

I noticed something for the first time tonight when I was playing around in the Enkitec lab – something that I have been doing wrong for a while.  When working in the lab, I often rely on the crsctl command to shut down the entire cluster stack for me.  It’s really easy to use “crsctl stop cluster -all” followed by “dcli -l root -g ~/dbs_group /u01/app/ stop crs” to get everything down (more...)

Cellcli can lie to you…

Yes that is true, i said it, cellcli can lie to you there are some special cases were the output of cellcli is not the reality and you should double check it’s output with your standard OS tools. So this the output if dcli calling cellcli on an Exadata rack from an client:

[root@dm01db01 ~]# dcli -g cell_group -l root cellcli -e list cell attributes cellsrvStatus,msStatus,rsStatus
dm01cel01: running       running         running
dm01cel02: running       running         running
dm01cel03:  (more...)

SCAN VIP Troubleshooting

We had a client that was running into a strange issue on their Exadata where new connections coming in through the SCAN were failing.  After doing some troubleshooting, it was discovered that it was related to one of the SCAN listeners not properly accepting requests from new sessions.  The VIP and listener were running, and everything looked normal.

We had the following SCAN setup:

2 (more...)

Troubleshooting Oracle DBFS mount issues

On Exadata the local drives on the compute nodes are not big enough to allow larger exports and often dbfs is configured. In my case I had a 1.2 TB dbfs file system mounted under /dbfs_direct/.

While I was doing some exports yesterday I found that my dbfs wasn’t mounted, running quick crsctl command to bring it online failed:

[oracle@exadb01 ~]$ crsctl start resource dbfs_mount -n exadb01
 CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'dbfs_mount' on 'exadb01'

Where does the Exadata storage() predicate come from?

On Exadata (or when setting cell_offload_plan_display = always on non-Exadata) you may see the storage() predicate in addition to the usual access() and filter() predicates in an execution plan:

SQL> SELECT * FROM dual WHERE dummy = 'X';


Check the plan:

SQL> @x
Display execution plan for last statement for this session from library cache...

SQL_ID  dtjs9v7q7zj1g, child number 0
SELECT * FROM dual WHERE dummy = 'X'


Direct Path Reads and Cell Offloading

Most people are relating direct path reads with an algorithm which is just controlling the way our read is performed. But actually in Exadata environment this is the algorithm which is balancing the load between the Compute and the Storage nodes. Something really important. As usual, the algorithm is not perfect and for some situations […]

ALL about HCC

If you try to find out what is HCC and how it works you could start reading the documentation, then some books, blog posts and at the end you will have to put all together. In this post I’ll do exactly this. Put all together. Starting with the basic and going through the internals with […]

Kdump to NFS in UEK (Solution)

I’ve previously written about a problem I encountered when kdump is configured to write to an NFS location with UEK (in Exadata software version I’m please to report that the root cause of the problem has been identified and there is a very simple workaround.

There were some frustrating times working this particular SR, the most notable being a response that was effectively, “It works for me (and so I’ll (more...)

Using SSD for a temp tablespace on Exadata

I seem to be getting a lot of surprising performance results lately on our X-2 quarter rack Exadata system, which is good – the result you don’t expect is the one that teaches you something new.

This time, I was looking at using a temporary tablespace based on flash disks (more...)

Exadata Storage Server Version Released

Oracle has released the much-anticipated version of cellsrv compatible with Oracle Database (patch #16980054). Before thinking about upgrading, read MOS note #1571789.1 carefully.  Unless you are planning to run database 12c on your Exadata, it would be advisable to continue down the 11.2 branch (more...)

Oracle Announces Exadata X4-2

Today, Oracle announced the Exadata X4-2 model.  The X4 has some considerable improvements, namely:

  • 12-core Intel Xeon e5-2697 CPUs, up from the 8-core models found in the X3-2 (hello, database licenses!)
  • 256GB RAM per database server, upgradeable to 512GB
  • 96GB RAM per storage server
  • 800GB Sun Flash F80 cards (more...)

Exadata MAA Presentation – Oracle Day 2013 Istanbul

Exadata Maximum Availability Architecture from Yunus Emre Baransel

Kdump to NFS Broken in UEK

There were problems that affected UEK and NFS when was initially released (as covered by Andy Colvin). As mentioned in the comments of Andy’s post: Oracle released an updated ISO with fixes for this problem (patch 16432033).

There were also problems with kdump not (more...)

Info about Exadata’s imageinfo and rpm’s

Recently we noticed that imageinfo was displaying the following information at a customers site. Imageinfo was not displaying data i suspected, so a quick little blogpost about what was going on there.

[root@dm01db01 ~]# dcli -g /opt/oracle.SupportTools/onecommand/dbs_group -l root "imageinfo | grep 'Image version'"
dm01db01: Image version: 11.2. (more...)

Redo on SSD: effect of redo size (Exadata)

Of all the claims I make about SSD for Oracle databases, the one that generates the most debate is that placing redo logs on SSD is not likely to be effective.  I’ve published data to that effect in particular see  Using SSD for redo on Exadata - pt 2 (more...)

Exadata Write-back cache and free buffer waits

Prior to storage server software version (associated with Exadata X3), Exadata Smart Flash Cache was a “write-through” cache, meaning that write operations are applied both to the cache and to the underlying disk devices, but are not signalled as complete until the IO to the (more...)