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IOUG Collaborate 2015

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on March 25, 2015

I will be presenting two topics in IOUG Collaborate 2015 in Vegas. Use the show planner and add my presentations to your schedule :)

Session #189: April 13 Monday 9:15 to 10:15AM Topic: Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Internals. Room Palm B

Session #145: April 13 Monday 12:45PM-1:45PM Topic: Tools and Techniques for Advanced Debugging in Solaris & Linux (mostly live demo). Room Palm B.

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In-memory pre-population speed

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on October 6, 2014

While presenting at Oaktable World 2014 in San Fransisco, I discussed the in-memory pre-population speed and indicated that it takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to load ~300GB of tables. Someone asked me “Why?” and that was a fair question. So, I profiled the in-memory pre-population at startup.

Profiling methods

I profiled all in-memory worker sessions using Tanel’s snapper script and also profiled the processes in OS using Linux perf tool with 99Hz sample rate. As there is no other activity in the database server, it is okay to sample everything in the server. Snapper output will indicate where the time is spent; if the time is spent executing in CPU, then the perf report output will tell us the function call stack executing at that CPU cycle. Data from these two profiling methods will help us to understand the root cause of slowness.

  1. @snapper.sql out,gather=stw 600 10 “select sid from v$session where program like ‘%W00%'”
  2. Perf tool : perf record -F 99 -u oracle -g sleep 3600

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Inmemory: Not all inmemory_size is usable to store tables.

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on September 11, 2014

I have been testing the inmemory column store product extensively and the product is performing well for our workload. However, I learnt a bit more about inmemory column store and I will be blogging a few them here. BTW, I will be talking about internals of inmemory in Oaktable world presentation, if you are in the open world 2014, you can come and see my talk:


Inmemory_size initialization parameter determines the amount of memory allocated to the in-memory column store. But only 80% of that memory value is allocated to store the objects. For examples, if you set inmemory_size=272G, then only 217G (=272*0.8) is used to store the objects, and the remaining 55GB is allocated for inmemory journal and internal objects. This is the reason why the inmemory heap is also split and tagged: IMCA_RO and IMCA_RW. IMCA_RW seems to be storing inmemory journal and IMCA_RO is to store objects in the memory. (Previous statement is not completely validated yet).

SELECT mem inmem_size,
       tot disk_size,
       (tot/mem) compression_ratio,
       100 *((tot-bytes_not_pop)/tot) populate_percent
  (SELECT SUM(INMEMORY_SIZE)/1024/1024/1024 mem,
    SUM(bytes)              /1024/1024/1024 tot ,
    SUM(bytes_not_populated)/1024/1024/1024 bytes_not_pop
   FROM v$im_segments
---------- ---------- ------------- ----------------- ----------------
    217.25     231.17           .00        1.06407869              100

So, you should plan accordingly when you enable inmemory option. Notice that the compression ratio is about 1, but, that is because these objects are already compressed using HCC compression and so, memory compression is not going to give us a better compression. However, I see that size of a few objects have increased in-memory compared to the disk size, but, I am hoping that will be considered as a bug and will be fixed in later release.

Unfortunately, inmemory area chunks are not visible in v$sgastat at all, but v$sga shows the inmemory area correctly (show SGA output is correct as it queries v$sga too).

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inmemory area is another sub-heap of the top-level SGA heap

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on July 30, 2014

I blogged earlier about heap dump shared pool heap duration and was curious to see how the inmemory – new feature – is implemented. This is a short blog entry to discuss the inmemory area heap.


I have set the initialization parameters sga_target=32G and inmemory_size=16G, meaning, out of 32GB SGA, 16GB will be allocated to inmemory area and the remaining 16GB will be allocated to the traditional areas such as buffer_cache, shared_pool etc. I was expecting v$sgastat view to show the memory allocated for inmemory area, unfortunately, there are no rows marked for inmemory area (Command “show sga” shows the inmemory area though). However, dumping heapdump at level 2 shows that the inmemory area is defined as a sub-heap of the top level SGA heap. Following are the commands to take an heap dump.

oradebug setmypid
oradebug heapdump 2 -- this command creates an heap dump trace file.
oradebug tracefile_name

Reviewing trace file

Trace file shows that the inmemory area is implemented as two sub-heaps namely IMCA_RO and IMCA_RW. Split is not equal between these two sub-heaps and I am not exactly sure about the algorithm for this split, about 12.75GB is allocated for IMCA_RO and the remaining 3.25GB is allocated for IMCA_RW area [ That’s about 80-20:) split ].

$ grep "heap name" *ora_56235*.trc
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap"  desc=0x600013d0
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap(1,0)"  desc=0x60063740
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap(1,3)"  desc=0x60068048
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap(2,0)"  desc=0x6006d490
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap(2,3)"  desc=0x60071d98
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap(3,0)"  desc=0x600771e0
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap(7,0)"  desc=0x6009e720
HEAP DUMP heap name="sga heap(7,3)"  desc=0x600a3028
HEAP DUMP heap name="IMCA_RO"  desc=0x60001130 <--- In memory Read only area?
HEAP DUMP heap name="IMCA_RW"  desc=0x60001278 <--- In memory Read write area?

You can learn all about SGA heap duration here , only last two lines are interesting to this blog entry and shows that two sub-heaps were allocated for Inmemory area.

The inmemory sub-heaps are split in to memory extents, similar to traditional SGA heap allocations. Each extent has numerous 64MB chunks allocated to it. These chunks are tagged as “cimadrv”. Total heap size is about 12.5GB.

HEAP DUMP heap name="IMCA_RO"  desc=0x60001130
 extent sz=0x1040 alt=288 het=32767 rec=0 flg=2 opc=2
 parent=(nil) owner=(nil) nex=(nil) xsz=0x30600000 heap=(nil)
 fl2=0x20, nex=(nil), dsxvers=1, dsxflg=0x0
 dsx first ext=0x64000000
 dsx empty ext bytes=0  subheap rc link=0x64000070,0x64000070
 pdb id=0
EXTENT 0 addr=0x363a00000
  Chunk        363a00010 sz=  8388304    free      "               "
  Chunk        3641ffee0 sz= 65011736    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        367fffef8 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        " <-- 64MB chunks
  Chunk        36bffff10 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        36fffff28 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        373ffff40 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        "
EXTENT 1 addr=0x2e3b00000
  Chunk        2e3b00010 sz= 66059528    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        2e79ffd18 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        2eb9ffd30 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        "
Total heap size    =13690208144 <-- Total heap size.

Next heap IMCA_RW is more interesting. This sub-heap also has extents with 64MB of chunks allocated it, however, I see that there are also smaller chunks in the heap. (I am still researching meaning of these chunks and trying to avoid guess work at this time.)

EAP DUMP heap name="IMCA_RW"  desc=0x60001278
 extent sz=0x1040 alt=304 het=32767 rec=0 flg=2 opc=2
 parent=(nil) owner=(nil) nex=(nil) xsz=0x50100000 heap=(nil)
 fl2=0x20, nex=(nil), dsxvers=1, dsxflg=0x0
 dsx first ext=0x790000030
 dsx empty ext bytes=0  subheap rc link=0x7900000a0,0x7900000a0
 pdb id=0
EXTENT 0 addr=0x80ff00000
  Chunk        80ff00010 sz= 17825296    free      "               "
  Chunk        810fffe20 sz= 50331672    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        813fffe38 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        817fffe50 sz= 67108888    freeable  "cimadrv        "
  Chunk        80f8d5ef8 sz=     8296    freeable  "cimcadrv-sb    " <-- smaller chunks. Most are about 8k or 16k.
  Chunk        80f8d7f60 sz=       48    freeable  "cimcadrv-sbrcv "
  Chunk        80f8d7f90 sz=      184    freeable  "cimcadrv-sblatc"
  Chunk        80f8d8048 sz=     8296    freeable  "cimcadrv-sb    "
  Chunk        80f8da0b0 sz=       48    freeable  "cimcadrv-sbrcv "
  Chunk        80f8da0e0 sz=      184    freeable  "cimcadrv-sblatc"
Total heap size    =3489660848

So, if this is similar to shared pool heap, is it possible to get an out-of-space error such as ORA-4031 for the shared pool heap?. There is such an error associated with inmemory option :).

 oerr ora 64356
64356, 00000, "in-memory area out of space"
// *Document: NO
// *Cause:    The in-memory area had no free space.
// *Action:   Drop the in-memory segments to make space.

In summary, I was expecting inmemory area to be allocated as integral part of buffer_cache buffers, however, that is not the case. Inmemory area size is allocated as sub-heaps very similar to the shared pool sub-heaps (but, NOT part of shared pool heaps though). As the software was released just recently, I need to research further to understand the intricate details.

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Data visualization, px qref waits, and a kernel bug!

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on July 2, 2014

Data visualization is a useful method to identify performance patterns. In most cases, I pull custom performance metrics from AWR repository and use tableau to visualize the data. Of course, you can do the visualization using excel spreadsheet too.

Problem definition
We had huge amount of PX qref waits in a database:

                                            Tota    Wait   % DB
Event                                 Waits Time Avg(ms)   time Wait Class
------------------------------ ------------ ---- ------- ------ ----------
PX qref latch                    63,669,198 3341       0   34.2 Other
DB CPU                                      3031           31.1
direct path read temp                92,996 199.       2    2.0 User I/O
direct path write temp               12,029 109.       9    1.1 User I/O
direct path read                      5,454 61.1      11     .6 User I/O

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Golden rules of RAC performance diagnostics

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on March 20, 2014

After collaborating with many performance engineers in a RAC database, I have come to realize that there are common pattern among the (mis)diagnosis. This blog about discussing those issues. I talked about this in Hotsos 2014 conference also.

Golden rules

Here are the golden rules of RAC performance diagnostics. These rules may not apply general RAC configuration issues though.

  1. Beware of top event tunnel vision
  2. Eliminate infrastructure as an issue
  3. Identify problem-inducing instance
  4. Review send-side metrics also
  5. Use histograms, not just averages

Looks like, this may be better read as a document. So, please use the pdf files of the presentation and a paper. Presentation slide #10 shows indepth coverage on gc buffer busy* wait events. I will try to blog about that slide later (hopefully).

Golden rules of RAC diagnostics paper

Golden rules of rac diagnostics ppt

Scripts mentioned in the presentation can be downloaded here.


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Dynamic Resource Mastering in 12c

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on February 28, 2014

I blogged about Dynamic Resource Mastering (DRM) in RAC here . DRM freezes the global resources during the reconfiguration event and no new resources can be allocated during the reconfiguration. This freeze has a dramatic effect of inducing huge amount of waits for gc buffer busy [acquire|release] events and other gcs drm freeze release, gcs remaster events. In database version 12c, DRM has been improved further.

A major improvement I see is that not all resources are frozen at any time. Essentially, resources are broken down in to partitions and only a resource partition is frozen. This improvement should decrease the impact of DRM related waits tremendously.

LMON Trace file

Following shows the snippet from the LMON trace file. As you see, only one resource partition is frozen, at-a-time. Resources in the first partition is frozen, completes the resource remastering tasks, and unfreezes that resource partition. Then freezes next resource partition and continues until all resources are remastered.

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Hotsos 2014

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on February 25, 2014

I will be presenting in HOTSOS symposium 2014 discussing correct methods to diagnose RAC performance issues. Very surprisingly, even very senior performance engineers make mistakes in their analysis while reviewing RAC issues. Come to my presentation and learn the golden rules of RAC performance diagnostics.

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Scripts to create AWR reports quickly.

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on November 12, 2013

It is easier to create one or two AWR reports quickly using OEM. But, what if you have to create AWR reports for many snapshots? For example, your Oracle support analyst wants you to supply 10 1-hour AWR reports from 10AM to 8PM in a 8 node cluster? That’s about 80 AWR reports to create! Okay, okay, I may(!) be overselling it, but you get the point. It is useful to have a script to create AWR report for all instances for a given range of snapshot IDs. Following scripts are handy:

1. To create one AWR report per instance, for the last snap duration : awrrpt_all_gen.sql
2. Same as (1) but in html format : awrrpt_all_genhtml.sql
3. To create one AWR report per instance, for a range of snap IDs : awrrpt_all_range_gen.sql
4. To create one AWR report, per instance, per snap ID : awrrpt_all_multi_gen.sql

Zip file: awrrpt_scripts

These scripts do not modify anything in the database, just retrieves the data using dbms_workload_repository package. Test the scripts to understand further. Of course, you need access to dbms_workload_repository and access to gv$instance.

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RAC Internals: cached sequences and 12c

Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on September 9, 2013


I blogged about DFS lock handle contention in an earlier blog entry. SV resources in Global Resource Directory (GRD) is used to maintain the cached sequence values. I will further probe the internal mechanics involved in the cached sequences. I will also discuss minor changes in the resource names to support pluggable databases (version 12c).

SV resources

Let’s create an ordered sequence in rs schema and then query values from the sequence few times.

create sequence rs.test_seq order cache 100;
select rs.test_seq.nextval from dual; -- repeated a few times.

Sequence values are permanently stored in the seq$ dictionary table. Cached sequence values are maintained in SV resources in GRD and SV resource names follows the naming convention to include object_id of the sequence. I will generate a string using a small helper script and we will use that resource name to search in the GRD.

    ||trim(TO_CHAR(object_id, 'xxxxxxxx'))
    || trim(TO_CHAR(0,'xxxx'))
    || '],[SV]' res
FROM dba_objects WHERE object_name=upper('&objname')
     AND owner=upper('&owner') AND object_type LIKE 'SEQUENCE%'
Enter value for objname: TEST_SEQ
Enter value for owner: RS

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