Friday Mar 02, 2012
Monday Feb 27, 2012
By Allison on Feb 27, 2012
Friday Feb 17, 2012
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Feb 17, 2012
Monday Feb 13, 2012
By Allison on Feb 13, 2012
Wednesday Jan 25, 2012
Monday Jan 16, 2012
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Jan 16, 2012
Even though the new year has just begun my calendar is already filling up with conferences. The first conference of the year is the Rocky Mountain Oracle User Groups Training days on Febuary 14 - 16 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. It a great conference with over 700
attendee and some really great speakers. I am going to be delivering three session at this years conference:
Monday Jan 09, 2012
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Jan 09, 2012
Monday Dec 19, 2011
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Dec 19, 2011
Recently I got a call from a customer that had just upgraded to Oracle
Database 18.104.22.168 and was panicking because they thought the Rule Based
Optimizer (RBO) had been removed from Oracle Database 11g. The reason
they thought this was because when they tried to add the RULE hint to a
SQL statement they still got a Cost Based Optimizer (CBO) plan.
Friday Dec 02, 2011
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Dec 02, 2011
Wednesday Nov 16, 2011
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Nov 16, 2011
Tuesday Nov 08, 2011
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Nov 08, 2011
Monday Oct 31, 2011
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Oct 31, 2011
UK Oracle User Group Conference 2011, takes place in Birmingham on December 4th - 7th. This year there will be 15 different streams and over 250 sessions to choose from. I am lucky enough to be presenting two session at this years conference.
- Monday, December 5th at 12:15pm Upgrading to Oracle Database 11g without Pain
In this session I will describe the different approach you can take to use SQL Plan Management to prevent plan regressions during a database upgrade and beyond.
- Tuesday, December 6th at 12:25pm Oracle Optimizer: Best Practices for Managing Optimizer Statistics
In this session I will discuss the features introduced in Oracle Database 11g to improve the quality and efficiency of statistics-gathering as well as strategies for managing statistics in various database environments.
Monday Oct 24, 2011
Does the use of SQL Plan Management and the DBMS_SPM database package require a tuning or diagnostic pack license?
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Oct 24, 2011
Recently during the Open World conference a lot of people asked me about what additional licenses are need to use SQL Plan Management. No additional licenses are needed to use SQL Plan Management (SPM) or any of the procedures in the DBMS_SPM package. SPM is available as part of Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 11g.
I believe the confusion arises from the wording in the Oracle Database Licensing documentation that says the Tuning Pack includes "Automatic Plan Evolution of SQL Plan Management". What this is actually referring to is the interaction between the SQL Tune Advisor's nightly tuning task and SPM. This interaction does require you to have a license to use the Tuning pack.
In Oracle Database 11g, the SQL Tuning Advisor, runs automatically during the maintenance window. This automatic SQL tuning task targets high-load SQL statements. These statements are identified by the execution performance data collected in the Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) snapshots and not from SPM. If the SQL Tuning Advisor finds a better execution plan for a SQL statement it will recommend a SQL profile. Some of these high-load SQL statements may already have SQL plan baselines created for them. If a SQL profile recommendation is implemented, the execution plan found by the SQL Tuning Task will be added as an accepted plan to the existing SQL plan baseline.
The Tuning pack or RAT pack are also required if you want to load plans from a SQL Tuning Set (STS) into SPM. Again this is because an STS can only be created if you have licensed one of these packs. It has nothing to do with SPM.Maria Colgan+
Thursday Oct 20, 2011
By Allison on Oct 20, 2011
We recently got a comment about our paper on adaptive cursor sharing and cardinality feedback, in which the author wished for more technical papers from the optimizer team. We've actually published papers on a few different topics over the years, so we wanted to summarize and post links to them here. Unfortunately they are not all available online for free, but where possible, we've posted links to the full text.
Cost-Based Query Transformation in Oracle
Rafi Ahmed, Allison W. Lee, Andrew Witkowski, Dinesh Das, Hong Su, Mohamed Zait, Thierry Cruanes: Cost-Based Query Transformation in Oracle. VLDB 2006: 1026-1036
This paper talks about many of the query transformations in Oracle 11g which we have discussed here before, including join elimination, view merging, subquery unnesting, join predicate pushdown, join factorization, plus some others that we have not covered here before. It also describes the cost-based framework itself, some of the challenges of transforming queries in a cost-based manner, and presents performance results for some experiments on a query workload from the Oracle E-Business Suite.
Optimizer Plan Change Management (full text)
Mohamed Ziauddin, Dinesh Das, Hong Su, Yali Zhu, Khaled Yagoub: Optimizer plan change management: improved stability and performance in Oracle 11g. PVLDB 1(2): 1346-1355 (2008)
This describes SQL plan management, which we discussed on here in a four-part SPM series. The paper gives a bit more detail about the internals of SPM, plus analyzes the behavior of SPM on a large query workload from Oracle E-Business Suite.
Closing the Query Processing Loop in Oracle 11g (full text)
Allison W. Lee, Mohamed Zait: Closing the query processing loop in Oracle 11g. PVLDB 1(2): 1368-1378 (2008)
This paper discusses adaptive cursor sharing and cardinality feedback, plus the general concept of using feedback from execution to improve plan selection. We've covered both of these topics on here before, but the paper also includes an analysis of the performance impact of the two features on a query workload from Oracle E-Business Suite.
Efficient and scalable statistics gathering for large databases in Oracle 11g
Sunil Chakkappen, Thierry Cruanes, Benot Dageville, Linan Jiang, Uri Shaft, Hong Su, Mohamed Zait: Efficient and scalable statistics gathering for large databases in Oracle 11g. SIGMOD Conference 2008: 1053-1064
This paper discusses two major improvements to statistics gathering in 11g -- approximate NDV and incremental statistics gathering. We've discussed both of these topics here before, but the paper has some additional details of the algorithms, plus results of experiments on a few different data sets.
Enhanced Subquery Optimizations in Oracle, VLDB 2009 (full text)
Srikanth Bellamkonda, Rafi Ahmed, Andrew Witkowski, Angela Amor, Mohamed Zait, Chun Chieh Lin: Enhanced Subquery Optimizations in Oracle. PVLDB 2(2): 1366-1377 (2009)
This paper talks about several of the newer subquery optimizations in Oracle. We talked about basic subquery unnesting in two posts here a while ago, and alluded to some of the other subquery transformations we perform -- this paper talks about all of those. It also talks about a new form of join elimination which we introduced in 11gR2. Nearly all of the topics in this paper are NOT covered here on the blog yet, but we hope to fix that soon!
For future reference, we will be adding a new section on the right side of the page called "Optimizer Technical Papers" with links to all of these papers.
Monday Oct 17, 2011
By Maria Colgan-Oracle on Oct 17, 2011
We had a great time talking to everyone at Open World 2011 both at our Demogrounds booth and in our technical sessions. We got asked a lot of interesting questions and we plan to address them in future blog posts... so stay tuned.
The slides from our session on managing optimizer statistics are now available on Oracle Open World Content Catalog. The slides for our session on preventing suboptimal plans should be posted soon.
We are still working on a good mechanism for sharing the exercises from the hands - on lab but we will blog more about that once its in place.
If you didn't get to attend the conference, but have a question about the Optimizer you would like to see answered on the blog, you can submit it through via email.
We look forward to see you all next year at Open World 2012
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