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12.2 Index Advanced Compression “High” – Part I (High Hopes) December 6, 2016

Posted by Richard Foote in 12c Rel 2, 12c Release 2 New Features, Advanced Index Compression, Oracle Indexes.
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Oracle first introduced Advanced Compression for Indexes in 12.1 as I’ve discussed here a number of times.

With Oracle Database 12c Release 2, you can now use Index Advanced Compression “High” to further (and potentially dramatically) improve the index compression ratio.  Instead of simply de-duplicating the index entries within an index leaf block, High Index Compression uses more complex compression algorithms and stores the index entries in a Compression Unit (similar to that as used with Hybrid Columnar Compression). The net result is generally a much better level of compression, but at the potential cost of more CPU resources to both access and maintain the index structures.

To give you an idea on the possible compression improvements, let’s re-run the demo I used previously when I first discussed Advanced Index Compression.

So I first create a table, where the CODE column that has many distinct values, but a portion (25%) of data that is replicated:

SQL> create table bowie (id number, code number, name varchar2(30));

Table created.

SQL> insert into bowie select rownum, rownum, 'ZIGGY STARDUST' from dual connect by level <= 1000000;

1000000 rows created.

SQL> update bowie set code = 42 where id between 250000 and 499999;

250000 rows updated.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

I then create an index on the CODE column and check out its initial size:

SQL> create index bowie_code_i on bowie(code);

Index created.

SQL> select index_name, leaf_blocks, compression from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME   LEAF_BLOCKS COMPRESSION
------------ ----------- -------------
BOWIE_CODE_I        2158 DISABLED

 

If I just use normal compression on this index:

SQL> alter index bowie_code_i rebuild compress;

Index altered.

SQL> select index_name, leaf_blocks, compression from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME   LEAF_BLOCKS COMPRESSION
------------ ----------- -------------
BOWIE_CODE_I        2684 ENABLED

 

We notice the index actually increases in size (2684 up from 2158), as most (75%) of the CODE values are unique and so the overheads associated with the resultant prefix table in the leaf blocks used with normal index compression overrides the savings of compression on the 25% of the index where compression is beneficial.

If we use “Low” advanced index compression as introduced in 12.1:

SQL> alter index bowie_code_i rebuild compress advanced low;

Index altered.

SQL> select index_name, leaf_blocks, compression from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME   LEAF_BLOCKS COMPRESSION
------------ ----------- -------------
BOWIE_CODE_I        2057 ADVANCED LOW

 

We notice the index has now indeed decreased in size (2057 down from 2158), as Oracle has automatically compressed just the 25% of the index where compression was beneficial and not touched the 75% of the index where compression wasn’t possible when de-duplicating values.

If we now however use the new 12.2 Advanced Index Compression “High” option:

SQL> alter index bowie_code_i rebuild compress advanced high;

Index altered.

SQL> select index_name, leaf_blocks, compression from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME   LEAF_BLOCKS COMPRESSION
------------ ----------- -------------
BOWIE_CODE_I           0 ADVANCED HIGH

Wow, an index with now no leaf blocks, that’s unbelievably small. Actually, I don’t believe it as this is due to bug 22094934. We need to gather index statistics to see the new index size:

 

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_index_stats(ownname=>null, indname=>'BOWIE_CODE_I');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select index_name, leaf_blocks, compression from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME   LEAF_BLOCKS COMPRESSION
------------ ----------- -------------
BOWIE_CODE_I         815 ADVANCED HIGH

 

We notice that the index hasn’t just gone now a tad in size, but is now substantially smaller than before (down to just 815 leaf blocks, rather than the smaller 2057 from 2158 reduction we previously achieved with low index advanced compression.

So Index Advanced Compression, with the now default “HIGH” option can substantially reduce index sizes. Note this new capability of course requires the Advanced Compression Option.

More to come.