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1 F28DM Indexes in Oracle 1 F28DM : Database Management Systems Indexes in Oracle Monica Farrow Room: EMG30, Ext: 4160 Material on Vision & my web page Content taken from HW lecturers, + books by Rob & Coronel, and by Connolly & Begg For more info on everything, see Oracle9i Database Concepts (on the web)

2 F28DM Indexes in Oracle 2 Basic Use of Indexes Primary, Secondary, Composite When to use

3 F28DMIndexes in Oracle3 Indexes An index helps speed up retrieval. A column that is frequently referred to in the WHERE clause is a potential candidate for indexing. Why use indexing? It's easy and provides immediate value It can be used to speed up existing applications without changing any of their logic or queries One of the main reasons for the success of relational databases is that they have efficient indexing systems.

4 F28DMIndexes in Oracle4 Index recap An index typically consists of the search key (one or more attributes) and the row ID(s) of record(s) which match this key An index on a file speeds up selections on the search key fields specified for that index Any subset of the fields of a relation can be the search key for an index on the relation A primary index allows efficient searching on the primary key of a relation A secondary index allows efficient searching on other attributes which are often used in queries

5 F28DMIndexes in Oracle5 Example: the “Sailors and Boats” Domain Information needs to be stored about sailors, boats and reservations that sailors are making for boats There are three relations with the following schemas: Sailor (id:int, name:string, rating:int, age:int, base:string) Boat (id:int, name:string, colour:string, base:string) Reservation (sid:int, bid:int, day:date)

6 F28DMIndexes in Oracle6 Automatically Created Indexes On every relation, Oracle creates a non-clustered B+tree index for the primary key A B-tree is shown on the next slide A B-tree stays balanced when items are added and removed Indexes will be created on Sailor table, id column Boat table, id column Reservations table, a composite index on sid, bid and day Additionally Oracle will also create an index for every UNIQUE constraint

7 F28DMIndexes in Oracle7 B-tree index Diagram just to give you an idea, you don’t have to memorise this

8 F28DMIndexes in Oracle8 Composite index keys If the key consists of more than one attribute, the index is a composite or concatenated index i.e. an index for several attributes A composite index is sorted lexicographically according to the order of the attributes E.g for a composite key (name,age), we have (Kelly, 22) < (Kelly, 63) < (Smith, 18) < (Smith,36) This is different to a composite key (age, name)

9 F28DMIndexes in Oracle9 Secondary indexes Create secondary indexes for other attributes in your tables which are frequently searched by In the SQL WHERE clause, not the SQL SELECT line In this case, you must explicitly create the index, as shown on the next slide

10 F28DMIndexes in Oracle10 Explicitly Created Indexes An index Has a name. Choose an informative one. Is created for a sequence of attributes over a table which must already exist Can be DROPped Examples CREATE INDEX sailor_name_idx ON Sailor(name); DROP INDEX sailor_name_idx; CREATE INDEX sailor_name_and_age_idx ON Sailor(name, age)

11 F28DMIndexes in Oracle11 Using CREATE INDEX (1) The CREATE INDEX statement creates a sorted index on the specified columns of the named table. Indexes are automatically used to improve the performance of queries issued to the database, and to sort queries with an ORDER BY clause. Once an index is created, it is never referenced in a SQL statement again except to validate it (VALIDATE INDEX) or delete it (DROP INDEX). Indexes cannot be created for views. Add an index to the underlying base table

12 F28DMIndexes in Oracle12 Using CREATE INDEX (2) Indexes are always owned by the owner of the table. The index name must be unique for each table and owner. Exclusive table use. You can’t create an index if the table is in use. CREATE INDEX can be time consuming and the server will not process requests referencing the same table while the statement is being processed. As with all other CREATE commands, store the command in a text file To remind you what the index is like So it can be rerun if you decide to re-create your DB

13 F28DMIndexes in Oracle13 Overheads v performance There is an overhead involved in the maintenance and use of secondary indexes. The index must be updated whenever the table is updated Disk space is needed for the index Balance the overhead against the performance benefits Faster data retrieval

14 F28DMIndexes in Oracle14 How to choose secondary indexes (1) Add a secondary index to a foreign key if it is frequently accessed E.g. Boat id in Reservations, if we frequently want to know the name of the boat in a reservation Add a secondary index to any attribute that is frequently used as a search key E.g. day in Reservations (what reservations do we have for today or tomorrow?) E.g. name in Sailor (what is the rating for the sailor called ‘Lubber’?). People often search by name rather than id.

15 F28DMIndexes in Oracle15 How to choose secondary indexes (2) Add a secondary index to any attributes frequently used in order by, group by, min, max, avg E.g. age in Sailor if frequently want list in age order Add a composite secondary index to a small set of attributes if the index would provide the full details for a frequently used query without having to search the base table E.g. rating and age in Sailor if a frequent query is SELECT rating, AVG(age) FROM Sailor GROUP BY rating;

16 F28DMIndexes in Oracle16 When not to use secondary indexes If the relation is small – not many rows If the relation or attribute is frequently updated If periodic large updates, drop the index, update the data, re-create the index If the attribute is always used in queries that retrieve a significant proportion of the rows in the relation E.g. If the attribute has low sparsity (i.e. the number of different values is small, such as gender F or M).

17 F28DM Indexes in Oracle 17 More Advanced Indexing Topics Index-organised tables Bitmap indexes Clusters

18 F28DMIndexes in Oracle18 Index organised tables Entries of index are table records rather than row IDs Useful if frequent access to complete table via the index In Oracle, the default table organisation is heap To store the table in primary key order, add the words ORGANIZATION INDEX to the end of the CREATE TABLE command In the B-tree, the leaf nodes are replaced by all the non- primary key attributes in the row

19 F28DMIndexes in Oracle19.Bitmap indexes Bitmap indexes An example on the next slide For each value of a domain, there is a bitmap identifying the row Ids of satisfying tuples Usually applied to attributes with a sparse domain In Oracle, <100 distinct values E.g. bitmaps for all tuples with sex = male and for sex=female Updating a bitmap takes a lot of time, so use for tables with hardly any updates, inserts, deletes Ideal for data warehousing See later lecture, if time

20 F28DMIndexes in Oracle20 Bitmap indexes example The first table is the Sailors table The second table shows a bitmap index for rating, assuming values are only from IdRatingetc 221Other data 232Other data 313Other data 351Other data

21 F28DMIndexes in Oracle21 Clusters in Oracle Oracle supports 2 types of clusters Indexed clusters Hashed clusters

22 F28DMIndexes in Oracle22 Clusters “Clusters are groups of 1 or more tables physically stored together because they share common columns and are often used together” (Connolly & Begg) This improves disk access The related columns of the tables are called the cluster key

23 F28DMIndexes in Oracle23 Saiilor/Reservation cluster example Sailor and Reservation relations could be stored together, with the cluster key = Sailor id Each relation can be retrieved independently Whenever the joined relations are required, access is faster nameratingageidbidday Dustin /2/ /4/ /5/08 Rusty /5/ /6/08

24 F28DMIndexes in Oracle24 Should we cluster Sailors and Reservations? A cluster for Sailors and Reservations could be created if many queries in the application joined these tables together. A cluster for Sailors and Reservations would be inefficient if reservations were only a minor part of the application, and many more queries involved Sailors joined with other tables

25 F28DMIndexes in Oracle25 Indexed clusters Use when Queries retrieve records over a range of cluster key values Clustered tables may grow unpredictably With an indexed table or index cluster, Oracle locates the rows in a table using key values that Oracle stores in a separate index. E.g. No idea how many reservations there are going to be Queries like SELECT * FROM Sailors S, Reservations R WHERE S.id = R.sid AND S.id > 50;

26 F28DMIndexes in Oracle26 Defining a indexed cluster in SQL(1) Create a cluster first CREATE CLUSTER sailor_id_cluster (id int); A cluster can be made for a fixed number of typed attributes (here just one) Define an index on the cluster CREATE INDEX sailor_id_idx ON CLUSTER sailor_id_cluster;

27 F28DMIndexes in Oracle27 Defining an indexed cluster in SQL (2) Create table(s) for the cluster CREATE TABLE Sailor (id INT NOT NULL, name VARCHAR(20), ranking INT, age INT) CLUSTER sailor_id_cluster(id); CREATE TABLE Reservation (sid INT, bid INT as before....) CLUSTER sailor_id_cluster(sd);

28 F28DMIndexes in Oracle28 Hash Clusters The key of a hash cluster, like the key of an index cluster, can be a single column or composite key (multiple column key). A hash function is applied to the cluster key to obtain a hash value. The hash value determines the location where the rows of a table are physically stored. So all records with the same cluster key are stored together

29 F28DMIndexes in Oracle29 Creating a hash cluster Create a hash cluster CREATE CLUSTER sailor_id_hashcluster (id int) HASH IS id HASHKEYS 10000; Add table(s) as before CREATE TABLE Sailor (id INT NOT NULL, name VARCHAR(20), ranking INT, age INT) CLUSTER sailor_id_hashcluster(id);

30 F28DMIndexes in Oracle30 Use hashing when (1) Most queries are equality queries on the cluster key: SELECT... WHERE cluster_key =...; the cluster key in the equality condition is hashed, and the corresponding hash key is usually found with a single read. In comparison, for an indexed table the key value must first be found in the index (usually several reads), and then the row is read from the table (another read). AND WHEN...

31 F28DMIndexes in Oracle31 Use hashing when (2) AND The tables in the hash cluster are primarily static in size so that you can determine the number of rows and amount of space required for the tables in the cluster. If tables in a hash cluster require more space than the initial allocation for the cluster, performance degradation can be substantial because overflow blocks are required.

32 F28DMIndexes in Oracle32 Hashing v Indexing To find or store a row in an indexed table or cluster, a minimum of two (there are usually more) I/Os must be performed: One or more I/Os to find or store the key value in the index Another I/O to read or write the row in the table or cluster In contrast, if a hash function is used to locate a row in a hash cluster; no I/O is required. As a result, a minimum of one I/O operation is necessary to read or write a row in a hash cluster.


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