Posts Tagged ‘RAC performance’
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on April 29, 2012
We know that database blocks are transferred between the nodes through the interconnect, aka cache fusion traffic. Common misconception is that packet transfer size is always database block size for block transfer (Of course, messages are smaller in size). That’s not entirely true. There is an optimization in the cache fusion code to reduce the packet size (and so reduces the bits transferred over the private network). Don’t confuse this note with Jumbo frames and MTU size, this note is independent of MTU setting.
In a nutshell, if free space in a block exceeds a threshold (_gc_fusion_compression) then instead of sending the whole block, LMS sends a smaller packet, reducing private network traffic bits. Let me give an example to illustrate my point. Let’s say that the database block size is 8192 and a block to be transferred is a recently NEWed block, say, with 4000 bytes of free space. Transfer of this block over the interconnect from one node to another node in the cluster will result in a packet size of ~4200 bytes. Transfer of bytes representing free space can be avoided completely, just a symbolic notation of free space begin offset and free space end offset is good enough to reconstruct the block in the receiving side without any loss of data.This optimization makes sense as there is no need to clog the network unnecessarily.
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Posted in 11g, Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, RAC | Tagged: RAC internals, RAC performance, RAC performance myths, _gc_fusion_compression | 9 Comments »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on April 19, 2012
If you are attending Collaborate 2012, you might be interested in my content-rich sessions below :
Session Number: 326
Session Title: SCAN, VIP, HAIP, and other RAC acronyms
Session Date/Time/Room: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 (10:45 AM – 11:45 AM) : Surf C
Session Number: 327
Session Title: Internals and Performance Boot Camp: Truss, pstack, pmap, and more
Session Date/Time/Room: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 (03:00 PM – 04:00 PM) : Palm A
Hope to see you there!
Update: I am uploading presentation files. Presentations are much more recent than the document 🙂
Thanks for attending!
Posted in Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, Presentations, RAC | Tagged: collaborate 2012 presentations, haip, pfiles, pmap, pstack, RAC, RAC performance, RAC presentations, scan, semtimedop, strace, truss, vip | 1 Comment »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on April 19, 2012
Last week (March 2012), I was conducting Advanced RAC Training online. During the class, I was recreating a ‘gc buffer busy’ waits to explain the concepts and methods to troubleshoot the issue.
Let’s define these events first. Event ‘gc buffer busy’ event means that a session is trying to access a buffer,but there is an open request for Global cache lock for that block already, and so, the session must wait for the GC lock request to complete before proceeding. This wait is instrumented as ‘gc buffer busy’ event.
From 11g onwards, this wait event is split in to ‘gc buffer busy acquire’ and ‘gc buffer busy release’. An attendee asked me to show the differentiation between these two wait events. Fortunately, we had a problem with LGWR writes and we were able to inspect the waits with much clarity during the class.
Remember that Global cache enqueues are considered to be owned by an instance. From 11g onwards, gc buffer busy event differentiated between two cases:
- If existing GC open request originated from the local instance, then current session will wait for ‘gc buffer busy acquire’. Essentially, current process is waiting for another process in the local instance to acquire GC lock, on behalf of the local instance. Once GC lock is acquired, current process can access that buffer without additional GC processing (if the lock is acquired in a compatible mode).
- If existing GC open request originated from a remote instance, then current session will wait for ‘gc buffer busy release’ event. In this case session is waiting for another remote session (hence another instance) to release the GC lock, so that local instance can acquire buffer.
Following output should show the differentiation with much clarity.
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Posted in 11g, Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, RAC | Tagged: gc buffer busy, gc buffer busy acquire, gc buffer busy release, oracle performance, RAC performance | 19 Comments »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on February 13, 2012
Temporary tablespaces are shared objects and they are associated to an user or whole database (using default temporary tablespace). So, in RAC, temporary tablespaces are shared between the instances. Many temporary tablespaces can be created in a database, but all of those temporary tablespaces are shared between the instances. Hence, temporary tablespaces must be allocated in shared storage or ASM. We will explore the space allocation in temporary tablespace in RAC, in this blog entry.
In contrast, UNDO tablespaces are owned by an instance and all transactions from that instance is exclusively allocated in that UNDO tablespace. Remember that other instances can read blocks from remote undo tablespace, and so, undo tablespaces also must be allocated from shared storage or ASM.
Space allocation in TEMP tablespace
TEMP tablespaces are divided in to extents (In 11.2, extent size is 1M, not sure whether the size of an extent is controllable or not). These extent maps are cached in local SGA, essentially, soft reserving those extents for the use of sessions connecting to that instance. But, note that, extents in a temporary tablespace are not cached at instance startup, instead instance caches the extents as the need arises. We will explore this with a small example:
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Posted in 11g, Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, RAC | Tagged: CI enqueue, DFS lock handle, oracle performance, RAC performance, SS enqueue, temporary tablesapce, temporary tablespace, temporary tablespace groups | 16 Comments »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on February 10, 2012
I just uploaded my presentation materials for ‘Truss, pstack etc’ for HOTSOS 2012 symposium , a performance intensive conference, happening right here in my home town Dallas, TX.
I can’t believe, it is been ten years from the start of this annual conference! This is the tenth annual symposium and I have been presenting in this symposium for almost all years except few early years. Quality of presentations and quality of audience is very high in this symposium and many of the audience are repeat audience, almost this feels like an annual pilgrimage to “sanctum of performance”. If you are interested in learning the techniques and methods to debug and resolve performance issues in a correct way, you should definitely consider attending this symposium. To top it off, Jonathan Lewis is conducting Training Day this year.
There are many great authors talking in this symposium.
Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to Dallas and encourage you to attend this symposium !
PS: Mark Bobak has been presenting or attending all ten years of this symposium, kudos Mark! And, Yes, that’s the same Mark Bobak who is the list admin for that most famous oracle-l mailing list.
PPS: Even though I live in Texas, no, I do not ride an horse to commute, instead, I drive a Ford Mustang car.(Incidentally, Mustang means “a small breed of horse, often wild or half wild, found in the southwestern US” as defined by dictionary.com, So, after all, I am driving a string of wild horse).
Posted in Performance tuning, Presentations, RAC | Tagged: hotsos symposium 2012, oracle performance, RAC performance | 1 Comment »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on January 20, 2012
This video was created circa July 2011. Click the Read More link to review the video. Version Oracle Database 220.127.116.11
Synopsis: Essentially, we probe the importance of LMS processes using DTrace. Explain why LMS should run in elevated priority. How to review deep statistics about LMS processes and much more.
Posted in Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, Presentations, RAC, video | Tagged: LMS tuning, oracle performance, RAC performance, RAC training, video RAC training | 7 Comments »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on January 13, 2012
You might encounter RAC wait event ‘gc cr disk read’ in 11.2 while tuning your applications in RAC environment. Let’s probe this wait event to understand why a session would wait for this wait event.
Understanding the wait event
Let’s say that a foreground process running in node 1, is trying to access a block using a SELECT statement and that block is not in the local cache. To maintain the read consistency, foreground process will require the block consistent with the query SCN. Then the sequence of operation is(simplified):
- Foreground session calculates the master node of the block; Requests a LMS process running in the master node to access the block.
- Let’s assume that block is resident in the master node’s buffer cache. If the block is in a consistent state (meaning block version SCN is lower (or equal?) to query SCN), then LMS process can send the block to the foreground process immediately. Life is not that simple, so, let’s assume that requested block has an uncommitted transaction.
- Since the block has uncommitted changes, LMS process can not send the block immediately. LMS process must create a CR (Consistent Read) version of the block: clones the buffer, applies undo records to the cloned buffer rolling back the block to the SCN consistent with the requested query SCN.
- Then the CR block is sent to the foreground process.
LMS is a light weight process
Global cache operations must complete quickly, in the order of milli-seconds, to maintain the overall performance of RAC database. LMS is a critical process and does not do heavy lifting tasks such as disk I/O etc. If LMS process has to initiate I/O, instead of initiating I/O, LMS will downgrade the block mode and send the block to the requesting foreground process (this is known as Light Works rule). Foreground process will apply undo records to the block to construct CR version of the block.
Posted in 11g, Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, Presentations, RAC | Tagged: gc cr disk read, RAC performance | 6 Comments »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on January 10, 2012
On February 14-16, I’ll be at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado for RMOUG’s Training Days Conference. This is the largest regional Oracle User Conference in North America and attracts presenters from all around the country and the globe. I’ll be presenting:
Presentation Name: Troubleshooting RAC Background Process
Abstract: RAC background process performance is critical to keep the application performance. This session will demo techniques to review the performance of RAC background processes such as LMS, LMD, LMON, etc. using various statistics and UNIX tools. The presentation will also discuss why certain background processes must run in higher priority to maintain the application performance in RAC.
Presentation Name: A Kind and Gentle Introduction to RAC
Abstract: This session will introduce basic concepts such as cache fusion, conversion to RAC, protocols for interconnect, general architectural overview, GES layer locks, clusterware, etc. The session will also discuss the srvctl command and demo a few of these commands to improve the understanding.
Presentation Name: Parallel Execution in RAC
Abstract: This presentation will start to discuss and demo parallel server allocation, intra, and inter node parallelism aspects. The session will discuss the new parallelism features such as parallel statement queuing, parallel auto dop, and discuss the interaction of those features with RAC. The session will probe a few critical parameters to improve PQ performance in RAC.
Click here for more information or to register for RMOUG’s Training Days.
Posted in Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, Presentations, RAC | Tagged: oracle performance, performance, RAC performance | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on November 8, 2011
Waits for ‘DFS lock handle’ can cause massive performance issues in a busy RAC cluster. In this blog entry, we will explore the DFS lock handle wait event, and understand how to troubleshoot the root cause of these waits. I am also going to use locks and resources interchangeably in this blog, but internally, they are two different types of structures.
A little background
DFS (stands for Distributed File System) is an ancient name, associated with cluster file system operations, in a Lock manager supplied by vendors in Oracle Parallel Server Environment (prior name for RAC). But, this wait event has morphed and is now associated with waits irrelevant to database files also. Hence, it is imperative to understand the underlying details to debug the ‘DFS lock handle’ waits.
How does it work?
I have no access to the code, so read this paragraph with caution, as I may have misunderstood my test results: A process trying to acquire a lock on a global GES resource sends a AST(Asynchronous Trap) or BAST (Blocking Asynchronous Trap) message to LCK process, constructing the message with (lock pointer, resource pointer, and resource name) information. If the resource is not available, then the LCK process sends a message to the lock holder for a lock downgrade.
Posted in 11g, Oracle database internals, Performance tuning, RAC | Tagged: AST, BAST, BB enqueue, CI enqueue, DFS lock handle, GES, gv$ges_resource, oracle performance, RAC, RAC performance, SV enqueue, v$lock_type | 12 Comments »
Posted by Riyaj Shamsudeen on September 28, 2011
I will be talking about “Administering Parallel Execution in RAC” with demos on Sunday morning 9AM-10AM (session id 28060). This is part of IOUG RAC SIG presentation series. You would enjoy the content and demos I have prepared.
I know, it is too early, but hoping to see you there!
BTW, if you have attended my RAC Advanced Troubleshooting class series, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself when we meet.
Session ID: 28060
Session Title: IOUG: Administering Parallel Execution in Oracle RAC
Venue / Room: Moscone West- 2005
Date and Time: 10/2/11, 9:00 – 10:00
Update: I just completed this session in IOUG. Thank you for coming, if you were in the room.
You can download the pdf file from
PX execution in RAC
Posted in 11g, Performance tuning, Presentations, RAC | Tagged: 11g, oracle performance, parallel_instance_group, RAC, RAC performance | 4 Comments »