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Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Indexing Partitioned Tables Part I (Conversation Piece) October 14, 2020

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Data Warehouse, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Exadata, Index Access Path, Local Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Partitioned Indexes, Partitioning, Performance Tuning.
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In this little series, I’m going to discuss how Automatic Indexing works in relation to Partitioning.

I’ve discussed Indexing and Partitioning many times previously and how Oracle has various options when indexing a partitioned table:

  • Non-Partitioned Index
  • Globally Partitioned Index
  • Locally Partitioned Index

So the question(s) are how does Automatic Indexing handle scenarios with partitioned objects?

A very important point to make at the start is that based on my research, the answer has already changed significantly since Automatic Indexing was first released. So it’s important to understand that Automatic Indexing is an ever evolving capability, that will advance and improve as time goes on.

I’ll focus on how the feature currently works (as of Oracle Database 19.5), but will mention previously identified behaviour as a reference on how things can easily change.

In my first simple little example, I’m just going to create a range-partitioned table, partitioned based on RELEASE_DATE, with a partition for each year’s worth of data:

SQL> CREATE TABLE big_bowie1(id number, album_id number, country_id number, release_date date,
total_sales number) PARTITION BY RANGE (release_date)
(PARTITION ALBUMS_2013 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2014', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
PARTITION ALBUMS_2014 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2015', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
PARTITION ALBUMS_2015 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2016', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
PARTITION ALBUMS_2016 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2017', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
PARTITION ALBUMS_2017 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2018', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
PARTITION ALBUMS_2018 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2019', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
PARTITION ALBUMS_2019 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2020', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
PARTITION ALBUMS_2020 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE));

Table created.

 

I’ll now add about 8 years worth of data:

SQL> INSERT INTO big_bowie1 SELECT rownum, mod(rownum,5000)+1, mod(rownum,100)+1, sysdate-mod(rownum,2800),
ceil(dbms_random.value(1,500000)) FROM dual CONNECT BY LEVEL <= 10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> COMMIT;

Commit complete.

 

As discussed previously, I’ll importantly collect statistics:

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_table_stats(ownname=> null, tabname=> 'BIG_BOWIE1');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

I’ll now run the following very selective query based the TOTAL_SALES column that is NOT part of the partitioning key:

 

SQL> SELECT * FROM big_bowie1 WHERE total_sales = 42;

19 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 2468051548

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                | Name       | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     | Pstart| Pstop     |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT         |            |   20 |   520 |    643 (15)| 00:00:01 |       |           |
|  1 | PARTITION RANGE ALL      |            |   20 |   520 |    643 (15)| 00:00:01 |     1 |         8 |
|* 2 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL| BIG_BOWIE1 |   20 |   520 |    643 (15)| 00:00:01 |     1 |         8 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

2 - storage("TOTAL_SALES"=42)
    filter("TOTAL_SALES"=42)

Note
-----
- automatic DOP: Computed Degree of Parallelism is 1

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      44014 consistent gets
       9516 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1107 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        369 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         19 rows processed

 

Without an index in place, the CBO has no choice but to use a FTS. But what will Automatic Indexing make of things?

If we look at the next Automatic Indexing report:

 

SQL> select dbms_auto_index.report_last_activity() from dual;

GENERAL INFORMATION
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Activity start              : 13-OCT-2020 01:47:48
Activity end                : 13-OCT-2020 02:59:48
Executions completed        : 1
Executions interrupted      : 0
Executions with fatal error : 0
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Index candidates                             : 1
Indexes created (visible / invisible)        : 1 (1 / 0)
Space used (visible / invisible)             : 184.55 MB (184.55 MB / 0 B)
Indexes dropped                              : 0
SQL statements verified                      : 2
SQL statements improved (improvement factor) : 1 (44119.6x)
SQL plan baselines created                   : 0
Overall improvement factor                   : 25135.8x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY (MANUAL INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Unused indexes   : 0
Space used       : 0 B
Unusable indexes : 0
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
*: invisible
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Owner | Table      | Index                | Key         | Type   | Properties |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | BIG_BOWIE1 | SYS_AI_2zt7rg40mxa4n | TOTAL_SALES | B-TREE | NONE       |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

VERIFICATION DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The performance of the following statements improved:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Parsing Schema Name : BOWIE
SQL ID              : chwm2gubm8fx9
SQL Text            : SELECT * FROM big_bowie1 WHERE total_sales = 42
Improvement Factor  : 44119.6x

Execution Statistics:
-----------------------------
                     Original Plan                Auto Index Plan
                     ---------------------------- ----------------------------
Elapsed Time (s):    4387193                      1173
CPU Time (s):        2599423                      1037
Buffer Gets:         749507                       22
Optimizer Cost:      643                          22
Disk Reads:          470976                       2
Direct Writes:       0                            0
Rows Processed:      323                          19
Executions:          17                           1

PLANS SECTION
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

- Original
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 2468051548

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name       | Rows | Bytes | Cost | Time        |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |            |      |       |  643 |             |
|  1 | PARTITION RANGE ALL       |            |   20 |   520 |  643 | 00:00:01    |
|  2 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | BIG_BOWIE1 |   20 |   520 |  643 | 00:00:01    |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes
-----
- dop = 1
- px_in_memory_imc = no
- px_in_memory = no

- With Auto Indexes
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 937174207

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                                  | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost | Time       |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                           |                      |   19 |   494 |   22 | 00:00:01   |
|   1 | TABLE ACCESS BY GLOBAL INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BIG_BOWIE1           |   19 |   494 |   22 | 00:00:01   |
| * 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                           | SYS_AI_2zt7rg40mxa4n |   19 |       |    3 | 00:00:01   |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
------------------------------------------
* 2 - access("TOTAL_SALES"=42)

Notes
-----
- Dynamic sampling used for this statement ( level = 11 )

 

We notice a couple of interesting points.

Firstly, yes Automatic Indexing has created an index based on the TOTAL_SALES column (SYS_AI_2zt7rg40mxa4n) as it improves performance by a reported 44119.6x.

Note also that the Automatic Index is a Non-Partitioned (Global) Index. From a performance perspective, this is the most efficient index to create to improve the performance of this query as the CBO only has the one index structure to navigate (vs. a LOCAL index that would require having to navigate down all 8 index structures for each table partition.

If we look at the index details:

SQL> SELECT index_name, partitioned, auto, visibility, status FROM user_indexes
WHERE table_name = 'BIG_BOWIE1';

INDEX_NAME                     PAR AUT VISIBILIT STATUS
------------------------------ --- --- --------- --------
SYS_AI_2zt7rg40mxa4n           NO  YES VISIBLE   VALID

 

We notice that this is indeed a Non-Partitioned Index, that is both VISIBLE and VALID and so can be potentially used by any database session.

If we now re-run the query:

SQL> SELECT * FROM big_bowie1 WHERE total_sales = 42;

19 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 937174207

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                                 | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     | Pstart| Pstop    |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                          |                      |   20 |   520 |      23 (0)| 00:00:01 |       |          |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS BY GLOBAL INDEX ROWID BATCHED| BIG_BOWIE1           |   20 |   520 |      23 (0)| 00:00:01 | ROWID | ROWID    |
|* 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                          | SYS_AI_2zt7rg40mxa4n |   20 |       |       3 (0)| 00:00:01 |       |          |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

2 - access("TOTAL_SALES"=42)

Note
-----
- automatic DOP: Computed Degree of Parallelism is 1

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
         23 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1166 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        369 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         19 rows processed

 

We can see the query now uses the newly created Automatic Index and is indeed more efficient, performing now just 23 consistent gets (previously 44014 consistent gets).

 

However, this was NOT previous behaviour.

The documentation previously mentioned that only LOCAL indexes are used when indexing partitioned tables.

If we run the same demo on Oracle Database 19.3, we get the following report:

 

GENERAL INFORMATION
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Activity start              : 14-OCT-2020 13:12:07
Activity end                : 14-OCT-2020 14:24:07
Executions completed        : 1
Executions interrupted      : 0
Executions with fatal error : 0
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Index candidates                             : 1
Indexes created (visible / invisible)        : 1 (1 / 0)
Space used (visible / invisible)             : 192.94 MB (192.94 MB / 0 B)
Indexes dropped                              : 0
SQL statements verified                      : 1
SQL statements improved (improvement factor) : 1 (1950.5x)
SQL plan baselines created                   : 0
Overall improvement factor                   : 1950.5x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY (MANUAL INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Unused indexes   : 0
Space used       : 0 B
Unusable indexes : 0
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
*: invisible
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Owner | Table      | Index                | Key         | Type   | Properties |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | BIG_BOWIE1 | SYS_AI_8armv0hqq73fa | TOTAL_SALES | B-TREE | LOCAL      |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

VERIFICATION DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The performance of the following statements improved:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Parsing Schema Name : BOWIE
SQL ID              : 2pp8ypramw30s
SQL Text            : SELECT * FROM big_bowie1 WHERE total_sales = 42
Improvement Factor  : 1950.5x

Execution Statistics:
-----------------------------
                     Original Plan                Auto Index Plan
                     ---------------------------- ----------------------------
Elapsed Time (s):    6996973                      27327
CPU Time (s):        6704215                      12819
Buffer Gets:         815306                       49
Optimizer Cost:      12793                        28
Disk Reads:          2                            40
Direct Writes:       0                            0
Rows Processed:      475                          25
Executions:          19                           1

PLANS SECTION
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

- Original
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 4294056405

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation          | Name       | Rows | Bytes | Cost  | Time        |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 0 | SELECT STATEMENT    |            |      |       | 12793 |             |
| 1 | PARTITION RANGE ALL |            |   20 |   520 | 12793 | 00:00:01    |
| 2 | TABLE ACCESS FULL   | BIG_BOWIE1 |   20 |   520 | 12793 | 00:00:01    |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

- With Auto Indexes
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 3781269341

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  Id | Operation                                 | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost | Time        |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                          |                      |   25 |   650 |   28 | 00:00:01    |
|   1 | PARTITION RANGE ALL                       |                      |   25 |   650 |   28 | 00:00:01    |
|   2 | TABLE ACCESS BY LOCAL INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BIG_BOWIE1           |   25 |   650 |   28 | 00:00:01    |
| * 3 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                          | SYS_AI_8armv0hqq73fa |   25 |       |   17 | 00:00:01    |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
------------------------------------------
* 3 - access("TOTAL_SALES"=42)

Notes
-----
- Dynamic sampling used for this statement ( level = 11 )

 

As we can see, in this scenario, the newly created Automatic Index has a “Property” of LOCAL.

If we look at its index details:

 

SQL> SELECT index_name, partitioned, auto, visibility, status FROM user_indexes
WHERE table_name = 'BIG_BOWIE1';

INDEX_NAME                     PAR AUT VISIBILIT STATUS
------------------------------ --- --- --------- --------
SYS_AI_8armv0hqq73fa           YES YES VISIBLE   N/A

SQL> SELECT index_name, partitioning_type, partition_count, locality FROM user_part_indexes
WHERE table_name = 'BIG_BOWIE1';

INDEX_NAME                     PARTITION PARTITION_COUNT LOCALI
------------------------------ --------- --------------- ------
SYS_AI_8armv0hqq73fa           RANGE                   8 LOCAL

 

We can see how a Local Index was previously created.

As such if we re-run an equivalent query:

SQL> SELECT * FROM big_bowie1 WHERE total_sales = 42;

25 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 3781269341

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                                | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     | Pstart| Pstop     |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                         |                      |   20 |   520 |      26 (0)| 00:00:01 |       |           |
|  1 | PARTITION RANGE ALL                      |                      |   20 |   520 |      26 (0)| 00:00:01 |     1 |         8 |
|  2 | TABLE ACCESS BY LOCAL INDEX ROWID BATCHED| BIG_BOWIE1           |   20 |   520 |      26 (0)| 00:00:01 |     1 |         8 |
|* 3 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                         | SYS_AI_8armv0hqq73fa |   20 |       |      17 (0)| 00:00:01 |     1 |         8 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

3 - access("TOTAL_SALES"=42)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
         50 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1555 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        409 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         25 rows processed

 

Although the query is returning 6 more rows (as with the random number generation, has a slightly different data set), it’s more expensive proportionally now having to perform 50 consistent gets as it now has to read 8 index structures rather than just the one.

So (IMHO), Automatic Indexing has improved here, creating a more efficient index structure than previously. So always bear in mind that Automatic Indexing is an evolving beast, improving and adapting as time moves on.

However, note the compromise here is that by having an effectively Global index structure, there may be some additional issues depending on any subsequent structural changes to the table.

More on Automatic Indexing and Partitioning in my next post…

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