Here’s a little example of how technology catches you out.
You have a table of 1,000,000 blocks in your system and from time to time it is necessary to run a tablescan through it. It’s not nice, but it only happens once a day, and it’s not worth building an index to create an alternative access path. (more…)
A little while ago, I received the following question by email:
What is the optimum level of partitioning in Oracle 10g, as in what is an efficient number of partitions that you can have in a single table? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having more than 3,000 partitions in a table?
These are actually questions I addressed seven years ago in my first book. The answers you might come up with for any specific occasion may vary, but the analysis does not change.
Looking back at some of my previous posts I was reminded how easy it is to overlook one important feature when trying to comment on another. In particular, in this case, a short posting on indexed access paths omitted any mention of parallel execution until a comment from David Aldridge jogged my memory. So here’s an important thought about parallel execution.
Here’s a dirty trick for those of you who are having problems with “partition0-wise” referential integrity on partitioned tables.
If you’ve created a pair of partitioned tables, parent and child say, with referential integrity declared between them, then you’ve probably discovered that you have to set the foreign key constraint on the child table to novalidate if you want to use “partition exchange loading” (as Oracle now calls it) to get data into the child table.
If you’ve got to the point where you decide to drop a pair of old partitions, you may have tried the following:
Posting from the UKOUG (UK Oracle User Group) conference. A couple of useful details from Tom Kyte’s technical keynote on “Things which might be in 11g but we’re not making any promises and you can’t hold us to it”.
The optimizer will be extended to allow us to collect some statistical information about correlated columns. This should help the optimizer to deal with combining predicates like: “Orders made in the last two weeks” with “Orders that have not yet been delivered” – if they’re recent orders, they’re more likely to be undelivered. I’m looking forward to seeing how far the Optimizer team has got with handling this rather difficult problem.
Partition handling: one of the current irritations for partitioning is that you have to disable referential integrity between partitioned tables if you want to drop old partitions. (Drop child partition Jan2001, followed by an attempt to drop the “obviously matching” parent partition Jan2001 currently results in Oracle error “ORA-02266: unique/primary keys in table referenced by enabled foreign keys”). 11g will give us the ability to declare that the partitioning of the child table is dependent on the partitioning of the parent table, and therefore guaranteed to be in-synch with the parent table. Apart from handling the drop partition problem, this should also help to avoid accidents that manage to disable partition-wise joins.
It’s a funny feature of execution plans that they don’t need to execute in their entirety. There are many reasons why this can be so, but the underlying reason comes from the strategy of sharing SQL.
In an ideal system, optimization is done once per unique SQL statement, even when the statement involves bind variables. This means the optimizer has to find a single execution path that will work even when the bound values change.
As a consequence, the optimizer can produce a plan that gives the run-time engine some leeway in bypassing redundant stages of execution. (Hence the discusion in the article on my website: When 2 + 2 = 5).