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High global cache waits on tab$ ?

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on February 25, 2009

Yes, you read it correct. That shocked me too.

I was trying to understand global cache waits for a client. Naturally, I queried statspack tables and analyzed the data for just one day using a script. Surprisingly, tab$ came as top consumer of global cache waits. I was shocked by the revelations and couldn’t believe it! If something doesn’t make sense, look more closely, right?

Global cache waits

Database version is 9i. Statspack table stats$seg_stat is the source for this script and that table is populated from v$segment_stats. So, these column values (global_cache_cu_blocks_served and global_cache_cr_blocks_served) are cumulative. To find statistics for a specific period, we need to subtract column value of prior row from current row. Analytic function lag can be useful for this.

In this analytic function printed below, partitioning clause uses instance_number, startup_time and dataobj#. All rows with same value for these three columns will be considered in one data partition and then rows ordered by snap_id within that data partition. Lag will pull the row from prior snap_id in that partition. Then, we subtract from current value to get the difference. Please refer to this paper: Performance tuning with SQL new features – paper for more information about analytic functions.

   global_cache_cu_blocks_served -
   lag(global_cache_cu_blocks_served,1,0) over (partition by instance_number,startup_time, dataobj#, obj#
              order by  snap_id ) global_cache_cu_blocks_served,

Script and output

Complete script printed below and running that against a database.

with stats1 as(
 select snap_time,obj#,dataobj#, dbid, global_cache_cu_blocks_served
 from (
    snap_time , dataobj#,obj#,snap_id, dbid, instance_number, startup_time,
    global_cache_cu_blocks_served -
    lag(global_cache_cu_blocks_served,1,0) over (partition by instance_number,startup_time, dataobj#
              order by  snap_id ) global_cache_cu_blocks_served
    from  (
       select  /*+ leading (snap) parallel (snap 5) parallel ( e 5)  */
         snap.snap_time ,  e.dataobj#, e.obj#, e.global_cache_cu_blocks_served, e.snap_id, e.dbid, e.instance_number, snap.startup_time
                perfstat.stats$seg_stat e, perfstat.stats$snapshot snap
                        e.snap_id =snap.snap_id
                        and e.instance_number = snap.instance_number
                        and e.dbid = snap.dbid
                      and trunc(snap.snap_time) = trunc(sysdate-1) -- one day ago
                      order by instance_number, startup_time, dataobj#, snap_id
select * from
    ( select  /*+ no_merge (s) */ trunc( snap_time) , dataobj#, obj#,  sum(GLOBAL_CACHE_CU_BLOCKS_SERVED)
      from  stats1 s
      group by   trunc( snap_time) , dataobj#, obj#
      order by 4 desc
    ) where rownum <21

--------------- ---------- ---------- ----------------------------------
24-FEB-09                2          4                         1607634321
24-FEB-09          5734032      41995                          342437603
24-FEB-09          1297689      44933                          322657052
24-FEB-09          6081089      34450                          320872029

Interesting to note that dataobj# is 2 and obj# is 4 which is associated with tab$ table. I couldn’t believe this. I can not imagine tab$ being a top consumer of global cache current blocks. It is possible, but I doubt it.

  1* select obj#, dataobj#, owner# , name from sys.obj$ where dataobj#=2 and obj#=4
SQL> /

---------- ---------- ---------- ------------------------------
         4          2          0 TAB$

So, I decided to break the SQL in to smaller piece and looked at data before aggregation. There it is!

I was under the impression that dataobj# (same as dba_objects.data_object_id) is unique. I knew that data_object_id is updated after every truncate of that table, but never realized that many objects in sys schema has dataobj# set to 2. Yikes!

  1* select obj#, dataobj#, owner# , name from sys.obj$ where dataobj#=2
SQL> /
---------- ---------- ---------- ------------------------------
        20          2          0 ICOL$
        19          2          0 IND$
         5          2          0 CLU$
         2          2          0 C_OBJ#
        21          2          0 COL$
         4          2          0 TAB$
       241          2          0 COLTYPE$
       244          2          0 ATTRCOL$
17 rows selected.

This misconception affected SQL functionality. Essentially, partitioning clause in lag is incorrect. Partitioning clause in the lag statement does not include obj# causing this issue. Adding obj# to the lag partitioning clause. [ Reprinting lag clause with obj# below.]

    global_cache_cu_blocks_served -
    lag(global_cache_cu_blocks_served,1,0) over (partition by instance_number,startup_time, dataobj#, obj#
              order by  snap_id ) global_cache_cu_blocks_served

Finally, I modified the SQL to join with dba_objects to print object_names. Complete script can be found here: sp_gc_obj.sql.


After fixing the bug with partitioning clause in lag statement, now SQL returns correct object_name.

WNER                          OBJECT_NAME                    GC_CU_BLOCKS_SERVED
------------------------------ ------------------------------ -------------------
ONT                            OE_ORDER_LINES_ALL                       342437603
PO                             PO_REQUISITION_LINES_ALL                 322657052
APPLSYS                        FND_CONCURRENT_REQUESTS                  320872029
20 rows selected.

Update #1: Removed materialize hint and added no_merge hint after a reader’s comment.

6 Responses to “High global cache waits on tab$ ?”

  1. Statistique said

    Just my two cents … I was using select /*+ materialize */ hint in my WITH clause a lot before. But materialize is not an “official” hint. I’m using /*+ NO_MERGE (my_with_table) */ in the main select instead. The result is pretty much the same.

    Great blog by the way !

    • Hello
      Thanks for reading my blog. Excellent point. Yes, I shouldn’t have used materialize hint. In this case, no_merge is working fine.
      I will update it this blog..
      Thanks for pointing out that.


  2. kurtvm said

    Dataobjectid 2 is a clustered table c_obj#.
    As it’s a clustered table, its blocks can contain multible tables like (tab$,col$,…see sql.bsq) and hence, they have the same dataobjectid 🙂

    • Hi Kurt V M
      Thanks for reading my blog.
      That’s what I guessed too. But, I didn’t do enough tests to confirm that and so decided not to post about it. Thanks for confirming it.
      BTW, I have great respect for you, especially, your tool DUDE( ). One of these days, we will meet in some conference.


  3. Another, less common, reason for duplicate data object ID’s is if you plug in a transportable tablespace from another database which happens to have segments with same data object IDs. This can also cause rowids’s to be non-unique…

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