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1 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.1 Experiences of Global Temporary Tables in Oracle 8.1 David Kurtz Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.

2 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.2 Experiences of Global Temporary Tables Who am I? What are they? Where did we use them? Why did we want to use them? What benefits did they bring? What were the pitfalls?

3 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.3 Who am I? DBA –Independent consultant –Performance tuning

4 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.4 What are GT Tables? Permanent objects Content is temporary –Session –Transaction No physical attributes –physical, but transient, existence in temporary segment Greatly reduced redo logging

5 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.5 Permanent Object Create table statement You can specify –Constraints –Index –Triggers [1.sql]

6 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.6 … but not that permanent You cannot specify –Tablespace tablespace_name is null on user_tables –Storage clause values are null on user_tables –Physical attributes but there are default values [2.sql]

7 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.7 Data is transient Two forms of GT table: –Delete on commit (default) Data cleared at end of transaction –Preserve on commit Data cleared at end of session [3.sql]

8 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.8 Data is private to a session You cannot see data in the same global temporary table that was created by another session. Therefore you cannot pass data between processes via a GT table [3b.sql]

9 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.9 Statistics? You can analyze –But it doesnt do any good –Any statistics gathered are not retained. Temporary Segment overhead –Sizing [4.sql]

10 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.10 Quirks Cant drop (or perform any DDL on) GT table if you or anyone else has used it [5.sql] –Cant populate a table and then add an index.

11 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.11 Another Quirk You must not set your default tablespace to a temporary tablespace –if you do you cannot create indexes on global temporay tables –ORA Attempt to create PERMANENT object in a TEMPORARY tables

12 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.12 Bug TRUNCATE with REUSE STORAGE option has no effect on a PRESERVE ON COMMIT global temporary table Works properly without REUSE STORAGE!

13 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.13 Benefits Reduction in redo logging –Still some logging for undo information No High Water Marks to worry about –Tables are scanned up to the high water mark –Batch processes often use permanent tables used for temporary storage –Large batch runs raise high water marks

14 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.14 How much redo is saved? An experiment –A normal table similar to payroll result tables 0, 1, 2 indexes Insert 1000, 10000, rows into it Measure redo (v$sysstat) –Repeat with GT tables

15 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.15 40%-50% saving in redo

16 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.16 Where did we use GT tables? Swiss payroll system –37000 employees –Complex calculation 890 values / employee / month retained –values appear on pay slip or statutory reporting –intermediate values –iterative calculations –Retrospective

17 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.17 Why did we use GT tables? Massive Redo logging volume –24Gb/hr 20 x 500Mb redo logs backup strategy? Archive log writer falling behind, all redo logs requiring archiving

18 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.18 Where does the redo logging come from? Lots of values calculated –inserted into tables Drop/Truncate Bug –Base Bug (internal) Oracle calls kcbcxx() repeatedly. Debug function to make sure no buffers in cache for particular range. Scan time increases with SGA size. Fixed

19 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.19 How many values are calculated? –120 values / employee / month retained Writes 4.5M values (that are retained) –1 permanent result table (2 indexes, was 3) –1 balance table (1 index, will be 2) –770 intermediate values / employee / month Writes 28.5M values (that are discarded) –6 temporary result tables (2 indexes each, was 3) –40 million rows on balance table –(after 9 months)

20 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.20 How is payroll calculated? There are 2 ways to do payroll –Process employees sequentially Calculate each rule for each employee –Set processing Rule A+B=C INSERT INTO C(EMPNO, VALUE) SELECT E.EMPNO, A.VALUE+B.VALUE,... FROM tableA, tableB, elig E WHERE A.EMPNO = E.EMPNO AND B.EMPNO = E.EMPNO

21 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.21 Background Employee population broken into subsets –14 arbitrary groups (~2700 employees / group) –14 independent processes running in parallel Rule based payroll Too late to change the design Oracle Range Partitioning not effective –Frequent year to date queries

22 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.22 Background Indexing exhausted Requirement to keep 18 months data Retrospective nature of payroll 48 x 500Mb redo log switches per hour

23 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.23 How did we use GT tables? Converted calculation result tables to GT –Process commits between rules –Temporary result tables Delete on commit Commit flushes temporary result tables between payroll rules –Permanent result table Preserve on commit Copied to balance tables at end of calculation for each month

24 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.24 What benefits did GT tables bring? Greatly reduced redo logging (60%) –40% less logging on GT tables themselves –Reduced scanning because GT kept small by delete on commit between rules Does not force use of Cost Based Optimiser

25 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.25 60% reduction in redo logging, 55% reduction in execution time

26 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.26 What are the pitfalls of GT tables? No CBO Statistics –Tried using CBO and got some peculiar results –Need to use hints Process not restartable –Feature of application that process can be restarted at last commit prior to a crash –But, GT result tables cleared out at end of session

27 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.27 What kind of process is suitable for GT? Batch/single threaded processes Temporary work tables –Typically keyed by a process instance –No problem clearing out debris left by failure –Removes the problem of HWM on temp tables extending after an abnormally large run (which typically happens after a failure when the backlog has to be cleared)

28 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.28 What is not suitable? Application server processes –In some application servers different requests in same transaction might be handled by any one of a number of server processes. –Data is local to session Inter-process communication –Data is local to session

29 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.29 Any Questions?

30 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.30 Ive got a question Has anyone else used GT tables?

31 Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.31 Experiences of Global Temporary Tables in Oracle 8.1 David Kurtz Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd.


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