DBMS_REDEFINITION, clustering and how an outline helps to make it completely ONLINE

At last a new post from my hand after months of silence. Well, silence in writing then: in the mean time we got our third child and I participated in the World Championships Double Decathlon in Delft. Those two things were enough for me to handle next to regular work 😉

In this post I want to share good experience I had in the use of DBMS_REDEFINITION to speed up the Siebel OLTP application I am responsible for (at least, for the performance part of it). It is about clustering of data and rebuilding tables as ONLINE as can be and how I used a trick with a stored outline to overcome a performance problem during rebuild of one table. Continue reading

How the optimizer may use an index for cardinality estimates without actually using it

Recently I was sent a data warehouse SQL query that performed badly. It took more than an hour and timed out. It was the first time that query was run with a particular parameter. Here I will show that to solve this, I created an index to give the optimizer better information, even though it did not actually use it to execute the query. Continue reading

The trains are a nightmare, IT’s a Miracle and how little can you know…: Tanel PĂ”der in Utrecht!


Networking and evaluations
Networking and evaluations

Today was the first day of the second Miracle Masterclass this year: Tanel PĂ”der has come to The Netherlands, saw a room filled with a lot of people (he called it the best seminar even before he started, just because of the amount of attendants) and made me feel I have an awful lot to explore yet. However, that is in fact a good thing and it made me get through the “trains nightmare” today with a smile: I had trouble in the morning since I left home far too late, had to cycle as fast as I could and jumped completely exhausted with sour legs into an already late train packed with people, so I had to stand. Good start of the day. And on the way back tonight all trains around Utrecht had trouble because of some “logistic problems”. Eventually I was not unlucky: only a half hour delay, although standing again (great thing a First class ticket to Utrecht, I could really use it 😩 …NOT!). But hey, I said I went through it with a smile. Because this first seminar day was already worth the money. The more new things you hear may make you feel exhausted and even a little frustrated, but at the same time satisfied because the net pay-off is awesome, right? Continue reading

Index statistics on complete refreshed materialized views. What is going on?

A few days ago I discovered some (to my feeling) buggy behavior during a COMPLETE refresh of a -partitioned- materialized view. It was an unfortunate situation, because it was discovered the day after going into production. It was not noticed during the weeks of development and pre-production execution. Seems like we have some improvement to do there. It had to do with the index statistics on GLOBAL indexes of a partitioned materialized view. The first time our ETL ran with some new materialized views implemented on them, the ETL did its job and COMPLETE refreshed a  new MV. So far, so good, that was the intention. However, countries started complaining about huge performance problems with some specific reports and another ETL part (only run on Production, which is one of those things I did not know and we need to improve a next time we test a new implementation) was taking hours and hours where it normally would take a few minutes. Continue reading

Oracle 11 upgrade challenges

PLS-00593: default value of parameter “x” must match that of spec

At one customer, we are upgrading from Oracle to Oracle 11g. It was about time. So far, there are not many challenges. The few problems so far have to do with migrating from a Single Byte character set to a Multibyte character set (on purpose) and some PL/SQL mismatches. Today I was looking into some package bodies that did not compile in 11g. The error was a PLS-00593: default value of parameter “x” must match that of spec.  So we seemed to have a few packages with one or more functions in them in which the parameter default values did not match. So I had to straighten that and I wondered: what is the one it must be if I do not want the risk of changing the application logic that may rely on the default values. The one in the specification, or the one in the body? Continue reading

Eliminating workload from the system using materialized views

The last months I have been looking into a customer’s ETL process. They have a Siebel OLTP and Analytics (now OBI 10) system (Data warehouse) and every night an ETL process runs in order to maintain the Data warehouse. When I arrived at this customer, the ETL was not a big problem: it ran within the window although at first sight it did look like there were some inefficiencies. But since it was not the highest priority performance problem, I did not watch it very closely. In a Siebel environment, there are always several performance issues to look at, so I got busy enough. However, at one time the volume of the data in this fast growing system became a problem for the ETL: with more frequency, the ETL ran into the morning. Continue reading

I had a great two weeks listening to Cary Millsap, Jeff Holt and Tom Kyte

The past two weeks were nice! I had the opportunity to attend two classes presented by three of the most experienced and talented Oracle specialists in the world. January 19-21 it started with “The Masterclass 2009”, organized by Miracle Benelux and hosting Cary Millsap and Jeff Holt. This was a unique opportunity. I believe it was years and years ago that they visited Europe and they never did a presentation before in The Netherlands.

One of the main reasons for this Masterclass was to honour Lex de Haan.

A week later, on January 25-26, Tom Kyte came to Oracle The Netherlands in De Meern. I think nearly 100 people, mostly Dutch but at least some people from abroad (of which a few familiar ones from the week before) could listen to a lot of information on Oracle 11, storage techniques, rebuilds and good comments on binding.

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