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Automatic Indexes: Automatically Rebuild Unusable Indexes Part IV (“Nothing Has Changed”) May 31, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, 21c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Exadata, Full Table Scans, Index Column Order, Index Internals, Local Indexes, Mixing Auto and Manual Indexes, Oracle, Oracle 21c, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle Indexing Internals Webinar, Oracle19c, Unusable Indexes.
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In a previous post, I discussed how Automatic Indexing (AI) does not automatically rebuild a manually built index that is in an Unusable state (but will rebuild an Unusable automatically created index).

The demo I used was a simple one, based on manually created indexes referencing a non-partitioned table.

In this post, I’m going to use a demo based on manually created indexes referencing a partitioned table.

I’ll start by creating a rather basic range-based partitioned table, using the RELEASE_DATE column to partition the data by year:

SQL> CREATE TABLE big_bowie (id number, album_id number, country_id number, release_date date,
total_sales number) PARTITION BY RANGE (release_date)
(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 (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2021', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
 PARTITION ALBUMS_2021 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE));

Table created.

SQL> INSERT INTO big_bowie 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.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

I’ll next manually create a couple indexes; a non-partitioned index based on just the ALBUM_ID column and a prefixed locally partitioned index, based on the columns RELEASE_DATE, TOTAL_SALES:

 

SQL> create index album_id_i on big_bowie(album_id);

Index created.

SQL> create index release_date_total_sales_i on big_bowie(release_date, total_sales) local;

Index created.

 

If we now re-organise just partition ALBUMS_2017 (without using the ONLINE clause):

SQL> alter table big_bowie move partition albums_2017;

Table altered.

This results in the non-partitioned index and the ALBUMS_2017 local index partition becoming Unusable:

SQL> select index_name, status from user_indexes where table_name='BIG_BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME                     STATUS
------------------------------ --------
ALBUM_ID_I                     UNUSABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     N/A

SQL> select index_name, partition_name, status from user_ind_partitions
     where index_name='RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I';

INDEX_NAME                     PARTITION_NAME       STATUS
------------------------------ -------------------- --------
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2014          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2015          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2016          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2017          UNUSABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2018          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2019          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2020          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2021          USABLE

Let’s now run a number of queries a number of times. The first series is based on a predicate on just the ALBUM_ID column, such as:

SQL> select * from big_bowie where album_id=42;

2000 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1510748290

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation           | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     | Pstart| Pstop |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT    |           | 2000 | 52000 |    7959 (2) | 00:00:01 |       |       |
|   1 | PARTITION RANGE ALL |           | 2000 | 52000 |    7959 (2) | 00:00:01 |     1 |     8 |
| * 2 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL  | BIG_BOWIE | 2000 | 52000 |    7959 (2) | 00:00:01 |     1 |     8 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      48593 consistent gets
      42881 physical reads
          0 redo size
      44289 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
       2000 rows processed

We’ll also run a series of queries based on both the RELEASE_DATE column using dates from the unusable index partition and the TOTAL_SALES column, such as:

SQL> select * from big_bowie where release_date='01-JUN-2017' and total_sales=42;

no rows selected

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 3245457041

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation              | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     | Pstart| Pstop |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT       |           |    1 |    26 |     986 (2) | 00:00:01 |       |       |
|   1 | PARTITION RANGE SINGLE |           |    1 |    26 |     986 (2) | 00:00:01 |     4 |     4 |
| * 2 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL     | BIG_BOWIE |    1 |    26 |     986 (2) | 00:00:01 |     4 |     4 |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - storage("TOTAL_SALES"=42 AND "RELEASE_DATE"=TO_DATE(' 2017-06-01 00:00:00',
'syyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss'))
   - filter("TOTAL_SALES"=42 AND "RELEASE_DATE"=TO_DATE(' 2017-06-01 00:00:00',
'syyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss'))

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
       5573 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
        676 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         41 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          1 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          0 rows processed

Without a valid/usable index, the CBO currently has no choice but to use a Full Table Scan on the first query, and a Full Partition Scan on the partition with the unusable local index.

So what does AI make of things? Does it rebuild the unusable manually created indexes so the associated indexes can be used to improve these queries?

If we wait until the next AI task completes and check out the indexes on the table:

SQL> select index_name, status, partitioned from user_indexes where table_name='BIG_BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME                     STATUS   PAR
------------------------------ -------- ---
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     N/A      YES
ALBUM_ID_I                     UNUSABLE NO
SYS_AI_aw2825ffpus5s           VALID    NO
SYS_AI_2hf33fpvnqztw           VALID    NO

SQL> select index_name, partition_name, status from user_ind_partitions
     where index_name='RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I';

INDEX_NAME                     PARTITION_NAME       STATUS
------------------------------ -------------------- --------
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2014          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2015          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2016          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2017          UNUSABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2018          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2019          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2020          USABLE
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     ALBUMS_2021          USABLE

We notice that AI has created two new non-partitioned automatic indexes, while both the manually created indexes remain in the same unusable state. If we look at the columns associated with these new automatic indexes:

SQL> select index_name, column_name, column_position
from user_ind_columns where table_name='BIG_BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME                     COLUMN_NAME          COLUMN_POSITION
------------------------------ -------------------- ---------------
ALBUM_ID_I                     ALBUM_ID                           1
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     RELEASE_DATE                       1
RELEASE_DATE_TOTAL_SALES_I     TOTAL_SALES                        2
SYS_AI_aw2825ffpus5s           ALBUM_ID                           1
SYS_AI_aw2825ffpus5s           RELEASE_DATE                       2
SYS_AI_2hf33fpvnqztw           TOTAL_SALES                        1
SYS_AI_2hf33fpvnqztw           RELEASE_DATE                       2

As we can see, AI has logically replaced both unusable indexes.

The manual index based on ALBUM_ID has been replaced with an inferior index based on the ALBUM_ID, RELEASE_DATE columns. Inferior in that the automatic index is both redundant (if only the manual index on ALBUM_ID were rebuilt) and in that it has the logically unnecessary RELEASE_DATE column to inflate the size of the index.

The manual index based on the RELEASE_DATE, TOTAL_SALES columns has been replaced with a redundant automatic index based on the reversed TOTAL_SALES, RELEASE_DATE columns.

Now, AI has indeed automatically addressed the current FTS performance issues associated with these queries by creating these indexes, but a better remedy would have been to rebuild the unusable manual indexes and hence negate the need for these redundant automatic indexes.

But currently (including with version 21.3), AI will NOT rebuild unusable manually created indexes, no matter the scenario, and will instead create additional automatic indexes if it’s viable for it to do so.

A reason why Oracle at times recommends dropping all current manually created secondary indexes before implementing AI (although of course this comes with a range of obvious issues and concerns).

If these manually created indexes didn’t exist, I’ll leave it as an exercise to the discernable reader on what automatic indexes would have been created…

As always, this restriction may change in future releases…

Automatic Indexes: Automatically Rebuild Unusable Indexes Part III (“Waiting For The Man”) May 17, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, Exadata, Full Table Scans, Manual Indexes, Mixing Auto and Manual Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Unusable Indexes.
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I’ve previously discussed how Automatic Indexing (AI) will not only create missing indexes, but will also rebuild unusable indexes, be it a Global or Local index.

However, all my previous examples have been with Automatic Indexes. How does AI handle unusable indexes in which the indexes were manually created?

In my first demo, I’ll start by creating a basic non-partitioned table:

SQL> create table bowie_stuff (id number, album_id number, country_id number, release_date date, total_sales number);

Table created.

SQL> insert into bowie_stuff 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.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

We next manually create an index on the highly selective TOTAL_SALES column:

SQL> create index bowie_stuff_total_sales_i on bowie_stuff(total_sales);

Index created.

Let’s now invalidate the index by re-organising the table without the online clause:

SQL> alter table bowie_stuff move;

Table altered.

SQL> select index_name, status from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE_STUFF';

INDEX_NAME                     STATUS
------------------------------ --------
BOWIE_STUFF_TOTAL_SALES_I      UNUSABLE

So the index is now in an UNUSABLE state.

To perk up the interest of AI, I’ll run a number of queries such as the following with a predicate condition on TOTAL_SALES:

select * from bowie_stuff where total_sales=42;

18 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 910563088

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation          | Name        | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT   |             |   20 |   520 |    7427 (2) | 00:00:01 |
|* 1 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL | BOWIE_STUFF |   20 |   520 |    7427 (2) | 00:00:01 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      42746 consistent gets
      42741 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1392 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         18 rows processed

Without a valid index, the CBO has no choice but to perform an expensive full table scan.

However, it doesn’t matter how long I wait or how many different queries I run similar to the above, AI currently will never rebuild an unusable index if the index was manually created.

AI will only rebuild unusable automatically created indexes.

I’ve discussed previously how automatic and manually created indexes often don’t gel well together and is one of the key reasons why Oracle recommends dropping all manually created secondary indexes if you wish to implement AI (using the DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.DROP_SECONDARY_INDEXES procedure, which I’ll discuss in a future post).

Things can get a little interesting with AI, if the underlining table is partitioned and you have manually created unusable indexes.

As I’ll discuss in my next post…

Announcement: New (And Likely Final) Dates For My Webinars Finalised Next Week !! May 12, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, 21c New Features, Indexing Webinar, Oracle, Oracle 21c, Oracle Cloud, Oracle General, Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning Webinar, Richard Foote Training.
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It’s been one hell of a hectic year!!

For all those of you who have been patiently hanging on for the next series of my webinars, I finally, at long last, have some good news.

I’m currently just finalising my calendar for the upcoming months, but I shall announce the next running of my webinars next week.

I plan to run both of my webinars in the coming months (follow links for full details on each webinar):

 

Note: There is the very distinct possibility that I will be running these highly acclaimed training events, either as a webinar or in person as a seminar, for the very last time.

Ever!!

So these will indeed be unique opportunities to attend some quality training on how to improve the performance and scalability of both your Oracle based applications and backend Oracle databases.

Listen out next week for full details on when these webinars will finally be available to attend and how to register for the limited places available 🙂

Automatic Indexes: Automatically Rebuild Unusable Indexes Part II (“I Wish You Would”) May 11, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Exadata, Full Table Scans, Local Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Partitioned Indexes, Partitioning, Performance Tuning, Rebuild Unusable Indexes.
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Within a few hours of publishing my last blog piece on how Automatic Indexing (AI) can automatically rebuild indexes that have been placed in an UNUSABLE state, I was asked by a couple of readers a similar question: “Does this also work if just a single partition of an partitioned index becomes unusable”?

My answer to them both is that I’ve provided them the basic framework in the demo to check out the answer to that question for themselves (Note: a fantastic aspect of working with the Oracle Database is that it’s available for free to play around with, including the Autonomous Database environments).

But based on the principle that for every time someone asks a question, there’s probably a 100 others who potentially might be wondering the same thing, thought I’ll quickly whip up a demo to answer this for all.

I’ll begin with the same table format and data as my previous blog:

SQL> CREATE TABLE big_ziggy(id number, album_id number, country_id number, release_date date,
total_sales number) PARTITION BY RANGE (release_date)
(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 (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2021', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
 PARTITION ALBUMS_2021 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2022', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
 PARTITION ALBUMS_2022 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE));

Table created.

SQL> INSERT INTO big_ziggy 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.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

But this time, I’ll run a number of queries similar to the following, that also has a predicate based on the partitioned key (RELEASE_DATE) of the table:

SQL> select * FROM big_ziggy where release_date = '01-JUN-2017' and total_sales = 123456;

no rows selected

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 3599046327

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation              | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     | Pstart | Pstop |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT       |           |    1 |    26 |    1051 (2) | 00:00:01 |        |       |
|  1 | PARTITION RANGE SINGLE |           |    1 |    26 |    1051 (2) | 00:00:01 |      3 |     3 |
|* 2 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL     | BIG_ZIGGY |    1 |    26 |    1051 (2) | 00:00:01 |      3 |     3 |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - storage(("TOTAL_SALES"=123456 AND "RELEASE_DATE"=TO_DATE('2017-06-01 00:00:00', 'syyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss')))
    filter(("TOTAL_SALES"=123456 AND "RELEASE_DATE"=TO_DATE('2017-06-01 00:00:00', 'syyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss')))

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
       5618 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
        676 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         41 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          1 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          0 rows processed

 

If we wait for the next AI task to kick in:

DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.REPORT_LAST_ACTIVITY()
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GENERAL INFORMATION
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Activity start              : 11-MAY-2022 10:55:43
Activity end                : 11-MAY-2022 10:56:27
Executions completed        : 1
Executions interrupted      : 0
Executions with fatal error : 0
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Index candidates                             : 0
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                      : 6
SQL statements improved (improvement factor) : 3 (6670.1x)
SQL plan baselines created                   : 0
Overall improvement factor                   : 2x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------
| Owner | Table     | Index                | Key                      | Type   | Properties |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | BIG_ZIGGY | SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar | RELEASE_DATE,TOTAL_SALES | B-TREE | LOCAL      |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

We can see that AI has indeed automatically created a LOCAL, partitioned index (on columns RELEASE_DATE, TOTAL_SALES) in this scenario, as we have an equality predicate based on the partitioned key (RELEASE_DATE).

Currently, all is well with the index, with all partitions in a USABLE state:

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

INDEX_NAME                     PAR AUT VISIBILIT STATUS
------------------------------ --- --- --------- --------
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           YES YES VISIBLE   N/A

SQL> select index_name, partition_name, status from user_ind_partitions where index_name='SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar';

INDEX_NAME                     PARTITION_NAME       STATUS
------------------------------ -------------------- --------
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2015          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2016          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2017          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2018          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2019          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2020          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2021          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2022          USABLE

SQL> select index_name, column_name, column_position from user_ind_columns 
     where index_name='SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar';

INDEX_NAME                     COLUMN_NAME     COLUMN_POSITION
------------------------------ --------------- ---------------
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           RELEASE_DATE                  1
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           TOTAL_SALES                   2

 

But if we now do an offline reorg of a specific table partition:

SQL> alter table big_ziggy move partition albums_2017;

Table altered.

SQL> select index_name, partition_name, status from user_ind_partitions where index_name='SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar';

INDEX_NAME                     PARTITION_NAME       STATUS
------------------------------ -------------------- --------
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2015          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2016          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2017          UNUSABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2018          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2019          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2020          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2021          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2022          USABLE

 

We can see we’ve now made the associated Local Index partition UNUSABLE.

If we run the following query:

SQL> select * FROM big_ziggy where release_date = '01-JUN-2017' and total_sales = 123456;

no rows selected

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 3599046327

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation              | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     | Pstart | Pstop |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT       |           |    1 |    26 |     986 (2) | 00:00:01 |        |       |
|  1 | PARTITION RANGE SINGLE |           |    1 |    26 |     986 (2) | 00:00:01 |      3 |     3 |
|* 2 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL     | BIG_ZIGGY |    1 |    26 |     986 (2) | 00:00:01 |      3 |     3 |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - storage(("TOTAL_SALES"=123456 AND "RELEASE_DATE"=TO_DATE('2017-06-01 00:00:00', 'syyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss')))
    filter(("TOTAL_SALES"=123456 AND "RELEASE_DATE"=TO_DATE('2017-06-01 00:00:00', 'syyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss')))

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          3 recursive calls
          4 db block gets
       5578 consistent gets
       5571 physical reads
        924 redo size
        676 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         41 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          1 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          0 rows processed

The CBO has no choice here but to do a full partition table scan.

If now wait again for the next AI task to strut its stuff:

SQL> select dbms_auto_index.report_last_activity() from dual;

DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.REPORT_LAST_ACTIVITY()
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GENERAL INFORMATION
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Activity start              : 11-MAY-2022 11:42:42
Activity end                : 11-MAY-2022 11:43:13
Executions completed        : 1
Executions interrupted      : 0
Executions with fatal error : 0
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Index candidates                             : 0
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                      : 4
SQL statements improved (improvement factor) : 1 (5573x)
SQL plan baselines created                   : 0
Overall improvement factor                   : 1.1x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------
| Owner | Table     | Index                | Key                      | Type   | Properties |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | BIG_ZIGGY | SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar | RELEASE_DATE,TOTAL_SALES | B-TREE | LOCAL      |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------


SQL> select index_name, partition_name, status from user_ind_partitions where index_name='SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar';

INDEX_NAME                     PARTITION_NAME       STATUS
------------------------------ -------------------- --------
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2015          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2016          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2017          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2018          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2019          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2020          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2021          USABLE
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2022          USABLE

The index partition is now automatically in a USABLE state again.

If we look at the index object data:

SQL> select object_name, subobject_name, to_char(created, 'dd-Mon-yy hh24:mi:ss') created, to_char(last_ddl_time, 'dd-Mon-yy hh24:mi:ss’)
last_ddl_time from dba_objects where object_name='SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar';

OBJECT_NAME                    SUBOBJECT_NAME       CREATED                     LAST_DDL_TIME
------------------------------ -------------------- --------------------------- ---------------------------
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2015          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 10:56:14
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2016          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 10:56:15
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2017          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 11:42:42
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2018          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 10:56:18
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2019          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 10:56:19
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2020          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 10:56:20
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2021          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 10:56:22
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar           ALBUMS_2022          11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 10:56:22
SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar                                11-May-22 10:41:33          11-May-22 11:43:13

 

We can see that just the impacted index partition has been rebuilt.

The CBO can now successfully use the index to avoid the full partition table scan:

SQL> select * FROM big_ziggy where release_date = '01-JUN-2017' and total_sales = 123456;

no rows selected

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 3640710173

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                                  | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     | Pstart | Pstop |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                           |                      |    1 |    26 |      4 (0) | 00:00:01 |        |       |
|  1 | PARTITION RANGE SINGLE                     |                      |    1 |    26 |      4 (0) | 00:00:01 |      3 |     3 |
|  2 |  TABLE ACCESS BY LOCAL INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BIG_ZIGGY            |    1 |    26 |      4 (0) | 00:00:01 |      3 |     3 |
|* 3 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                         | SYS_AI_6wv99zdbsy8ar |    1 |       |      3 (0) | 00:00:01 |      3 |     3 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

3 - access("RELEASE_DATE"=TO_DATE(' 2017-06-01 00:00:00', 'syyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss') AND "TOTAL_SALES"=123456)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
          3 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
        676 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         41 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          1 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          0 rows processed

 

I’ll leave it to the discernible reader to determine if this also works in the scenario where the partitioned index were to be global… 🙂

Automatic Indexes: Automatically Rebuild Unusable Indexes Part I (“Andy Warhol”) May 10, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Exadata, Oracle, Oracle Cloud, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Rebuild Unusable Indexes.
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Obviously, the main feature of Automatic Indexing (AI) is for Oracle to automatically create indexes, that have been proven to improve performance, in a relatively safe and timely manner.

However, another nice and useful capability is for AI to automatically rebuild indexes that are placed in an “Unusable” state.

The documentation states that:

Automatic indexing provides the following functionality:

Rebuilds the indexes that are marked unusable due to table partitioning maintenance operations, such as ALTER TABLE MOVE.

Now, when AI was initially released, I was unable to get this rebuild capability to work as advertised. I don’t know whether this was because the capability had not yet been successfully implemented or because of some failings in my testing.

However, with both the current versions of Oracle Database 19c (19.15.0.1.0 as now implemented in Autonomous Databases) and Oracle Database 21c, the following demo now works successfully.

Let’s begin by creating a simple partitioned table:

SQL> CREATE TABLE big_bowie(id number, album_id number, country_id number, release_date date,
total_sales number) PARTITION BY RANGE (release_date)
(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 (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2021', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
 PARTITION ALBUMS_2021 VALUES LESS THAN (TO_DATE('01-JAN-2022', 'DD-MON-YYYY')),
 PARTITION ALBUMS_2022 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE));

Table created.

SQL> INSERT INTO big_bowie 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.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

We next run a number of SQL statements such as the following:

SQL> SELECT * FROM big_bowie WHERE total_sales = 123456;

19 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1510748290

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation            | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     | Pstart| Pstop|
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT     |           |   20 |   520 |    7958 (2) | 00:00:01 |       |      |
|   1 |  PARTITION RANGE ALL |           |   20 |   520 |    7958 (2) | 00:00:01 |     1 |    8 |
| * 2 |   TABLE ACCESS FULL  | BIG_BOWIE |   20 |   520 |    7958 (2) | 00:00:01 |     1 |    8 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - storage("TOTAL_SALES"=123456)
    filter("TOTAL_SALES"=123456)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          1 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      49573 consistent gets
      42778 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1423 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         19 rows processed

If we wait for the AI task to kick in, we notice is has successfully created an associated automatic index:

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

INDEX_NAME                     PAR AUT VISIBILIT STATUS
------------------------------ --- --- --------- --------
SYS_AI_17cd4101fvrk1           NO  YES VISIBLE   VALID

SQL> select index_name, column_name, column_position from user_ind_columns where table_name='BIG_BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME                     COLUMN_NAME     COLUMN_POSITION
------------------------------ --------------- ---------------
SYS_AI_17cd4101fvrk1           TOTAL_SALES                   1

As discussed previously, AI can now create a non-partitioned, Global index if deemed more efficient than a corresponding Local index.

Note that the newly created automatic index is currently VALID.

However, if we re-organise a partition within the table without using the Online clause:

SQL> alter table big_bowie move partition albums_2017;

Table altered.

SQL> select index_name, partitioned, auto, visibility, status from user_indexes where table_name = 'BIG_BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME                     PAR AUT VISIBILIT STATUS
------------------------------ --- --- --------- --------
SYS_AI_17cd4101fvrk1           NO  YES VISIBLE   UNUSABLE

The index as a result goes into an UNUSABLE state.

Running similar queries from this point will result in a FTS again:

SQL> select * from big_bowie where total_sales=42;

22 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1510748290

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation            | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     | Pstart| Pstop |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT     |           |   20 |   520 |    7937 (2) | 00:00:01 |       |       |
|  1 |  PARTITION RANGE ALL |           |   20 |   520 |    7937 (2) | 00:00:01 |     1 |     8 |
|* 2 |   TABLE ACCESS FULL  | BIG_BOWIE |   20 |   520 |    7937 (2) | 00:00:01 |     1 |     8 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - storage("TOTAL_SALES"=123456)
    filter("TOTAL_SALES"=123456)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          126 recursive calls
            0 db block gets
        48962 consistent gets
        42799 physical reads
            0 redo size
         1497 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
           52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
            2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
           17 sorts (memory)
            0 sorts (disk)
           22 rows processed

If we now wait until the next AI task period and check out the index:

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

INDEX_NAME                     PAR AUT VISIBILIT STATUS
------------------------------ --- --- --------- --------
SYS_AI_17cd4101fvrk1           NO  YES VISIBLE   VALID

We notice the index is now back in a VALID state again.

 

Checking out the date attributes of the index confirms the index has indeed been rebuilt:

SQL> select object_name, to_char(created, 'dd-Mon-yy hh24:mi:ss') created, to_char(last_ddl_time, 'dd-Mon-yyhh24:mi:ss’)
last_ddl_time from dba_objects where object_name='SYS_AI_17cd4101fvrk1';

OBJECT_NAME                    CREATED                     LAST_DDL_TIME
------------------------------ --------------------------- ---------------------------
SYS_AI_17cd4101fvrk1           18-Apr-22 11:59:36          18-Apr-22 18:37:42

Being in a VALID state again, the CBO can now use the automatic index:

SQL> select * from big_bowie where total_sales=42;

22 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 920768077

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 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_BOWIE            |   20 |   520 |      23 (0) | 00:00:01 | ROWID | ROWID |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                          | SYS_AI_17cd4101fvrk1 |   20 |       |       3 (0) | 00:00:01 |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access("TOTAL_SALES"=42)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      48711 consistent gets
      42799 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1497 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         22 rows processed

Note: This scenario works the same if the table is Non-Partitioned.

In my next post, I’ll discuss a scenario where the automatic rebuild of an Unusable index will currently NOT work…

Automatic Indexes: AUTO_INDEX_TABLE Configuration (“Without You”) May 3, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 21c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, AUTO_INDEX_TABLE, DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.CONFIGURE, Exadata, Oracle, Oracle 21c, Oracle Cloud, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes.
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One of the more common questions I get regarding Automatic Indexing (AI) are areas of concern around having large and expensive automatic index build operations suddenly occurring in one’s database and the impact this may have on overall performance.

Additionally, I’ve had questions around scenarios where very large automatic indexes are suddenly being built, but then get canceled because they couldn’t complete in the default (3600 seconds, 1 hour) allocated time, only for them to be attempted to be built again and for this cycle to be forever ongoing.

And this is fair enough. You may not necessarily want to have indexes built on specific tables, perhaps because they’re massive and you want to control when and how indexes on such tables are built, perhaps because you’re satisfied that such tables are already indexed satisfactorily, etc. etc.

Note: the impact on overall database performance of the AI task creating large indexes is reduced, by Oracle only allowing one index to be created serially at any given time.

However, to help address these concerns, Oracle has now (from Oracle Database 21c) introduced a new configuration option within the DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.CONFIGURE procedure, AUTO_INDEX_TABLE. This now allows us to explicitly state which tables we may wish to either include or exclude from the AI process. Previously, we only had the ability to state which schemas we wanted to in/exclude from the AI process.

To add the BOWIE.SALES table to an exclusion list:

SQL> EXEC DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.CONFIGURE('AUTO_INDEX_TABLE', ‘BOWIE.SALES’, FALSE);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

To add the BOWIE.PRODUCTS table to an inclusion list:

SQL> EXEC DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.CONFIGURE('AUTO_INDEX_TABLE', ‘BOWIE.PRODUCTS', TRUE);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

To view current AI settings:

SQL> select parameter_name, parameter_value from dba_auto_index_config;

PARAMETER_NAME                      PARAMETER_VALUE
----------------------------------- -----------------------------------------------------------------
AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION              ON
AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE       USERDATA2
AUTO_INDEX_MODE                     IMPLEMENT
AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION         100
AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO       373
AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL
AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA                   schema IN (BOWIE)
AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET             100
AUTO_INDEX_TABLE                    table IN ("BOWIE"."PRODUCTS") AND table NOT IN ("BOWIE"."SALES")

To remove all tables from both inclusion/exclusion table lists:

SQL> EXEC DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.CONFIGURE('AUTO_INDEX_TABLE', NULL);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

This means you can now more safely deploy AI, by determining explicitly which tables you wish to in/exclude.

Note if you wish to include large tables that can potentially take longer to build than the default 3600 seconds allowed for the AI task to complete, you can change the MAX_RUN_TIME of the AI task as follows (e.g. increase the max run time to 18000 seconds, 5 hours):

SQL> select task_id, task_name, enabled, interval, max_run_time, enabled from dba_autotask_settings
where task_name = 'Auto Index Task';

   TASK_ID TASK_NAME            ENABL   INTERVAL MAX_RUN_TIME ENABL
---------- -------------------- ----- ---------- ------------ -----
         3 Auto Index Task      TRUE         900         3600 TRUE

SQL> exec dbms_auto_task_admin.modify_autotask_setting('Auto Index Task', 'MAX RUN TIME', 18000);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select task_id, task_name, enabled, interval, max_run_time, enabled from dba_autotask_settings
     where task_name = 'Auto Index Task';

   TASK_ID TASK_NAME            ENABL   INTERVAL MAX_RUN_TIME ENABL
---------- -------------------- ----- ---------- ------------ -----
         3 Auto Index Task      TRUE         900        18000 TRUE

Automatic Indexes: Scenarios Where Automatic Indexes NOT Created Part III (“Loaded”) April 28, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, Advanced Index Compression, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Clustering Factor, Data Clustering, Exadata, Index Access Path, Index Column Order, Index Compression, Oracle, Oracle 21c, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Overloading.
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In my previous two posts, I’ve discussed scenarios where Automatic Indexing (AI) does not currently created automatic indexes and you may need to manually create the necessary indexes.

In this post, I’ll discuss a third scenario where AI will create an index, but you may want to manually create an even better one…

I’ll start by creating a relatively “large” table, with 20+ columns:

SQL> create table bowie_overload (id number, code1 number, code2 number, stuff1 varchar2(42), stuff2 varchar2(42), stuff3 varchar2(42), stuff4 varchar2(42), stuff5 varchar2(42), stuff6 varchar2(42), stuff7 varchar2(42), stuff8 varchar2(42), stuff9 varchar2(42), stuff10 varchar2(42), stuff11 varchar2(42), stuff12 varchar2(42), stuff13 varchar2(42), stuff14 varchar2(42), stuff15 varchar2(42), stuff16 varchar2(42), stuff17 varchar2(42), stuff18 varchar2(42), stuff19 varchar2(42), stuff20 varchar2(42), name varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into bowie_overload select rownum, mod(rownum, 1000)+1, '42', 'David Bowie', 'Major Tom', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Aladdin Sane', 'Thin White Duke', 'David Bowie', 'Major Tom', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Aladdin Sane', 'Thin White Duke','David Bowie', 'Major Tom', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Aladdin Sane', 'Thin White Duke','David Bowie', 'Major Tom', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Aladdin Sane', 'Thin White Duke', 'The Spiders From Mars' from dual connect by level <= 10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

The main columns to note here are CODE1 which contains 1000 distinct values (and so is kinda selective on a 10M row table, but not spectacularly so, especially with a poor clustering factor) and CODE2 which always contains the same value of “42” (and so will compress wonderfully for maximum effect).

I’ll next run the following query a number of times:

SQL> select code1, code2 from bowie_overload where code1=42;

10000 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1883860831

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                 | Name           | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |                | 10000 | 70000 |  74817 (1) | 00:00:03 |
| * 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | BOWIE_OVERLOAD | 10000 | 70000 |  74817 (1) | 00:00:03 |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - storage("CODE1"=24)
    filter("CODE1"=24)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
     869893 consistent gets
     434670 physical reads
          0 redo size
     183890 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
       7378 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
        668 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
      10000 rows processed

 

Without an index, the CBO currently has no choice but to perform a FTS. An index on the CODE1 column would provide the necessary filtering to fetch and return the required rows.

BUT, if this query was important enough, we could improve things further by “Overloading” this index with the CODE2 column, so we could use the index exclusively to get all the necessary data, without having to access the table at all. Considering an index on just the CODE1 column would need to fetch a reasonable number of rows (10000) and would need to visit a substantial number of different table blocks due to its poor clustering, overloading the index in this scenario would substantially reduce the necessary workloads of this query.

So what does AI do in this scenario, is overloading an index considered?

If we look at the AI report:

GENERAL INFORMATION
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Activity start              : 28-APR-2022 12:15:45
Activity end                : 28-APR-2022 12:16:33
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)             : 134.22 MB (134.22 MB / 0 B)
Indexes dropped                              : 0
SQL statements verified                      : 2
SQL statements improved (improvement factor) : 2 (47.1x)
SQL plan baselines created                   : 0
Overall improvement factor                   : 47.1x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Owner | Table          | Index                | Key   | Type   | Properties |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | BOWIE_OVERLOAD | SYS_AI_aat8t6ad0ux0h | CODE1 | B-TREE | NONE       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

VERIFICATION DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The performance of the following statements improved:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Parsing Schema Name : BOWIE
SQL ID              : bh5cuyv8ga0bt
SQL Text            : select code1, code2 from bowie_overload where code1=42
Improvement Factor  : 46.9x

Execution Statistics:
-----------------------------
                    Original Plan                Auto Index Plan
                    ---------------------------- ----------------------------
Elapsed Time (s):   42619069                     241844
CPU Time (s):       25387841                     217676
Buffer Gets:        12148771                     18499
Optimizer Cost:     74817                        10021
Disk Reads:         6085380                      9957
Direct Writes:      0                            0
Rows Processed:     140000                       10000
Executions:         14                           1

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

- Original
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 1883860831

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation         | Name           | Rows  | Bytes | Cost  | Time       |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT  |                |       |       | 74817 |            |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS FULL | BOWIE_OVERLOAD | 10000 | 70000 | 74817 | 00:00:03   |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

- With Auto Indexes
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 2541132923

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                           | Name                 | Rows  | Bytes | Cost  | Time       |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                      |  9281 | 64967 | 10021 | 00:00:01   |
|   1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE_OVERLOAD       |  9281 | 64967 | 10021 | 00:00:01   |
| * 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_aat8t6ad0ux0h | 10000 |       |    18 | 00:00:01   |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
------------------------------------------
* 2 - access("CODE1"=42)

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

 

We see that an automatic index on just the CODE1 column was created.

 

SQL> select index_name, auto, visibility, compression, status, num_rows, leaf_blocks, clustering_factor
from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE_OVERLOAD';

INDEX_NAME                AUT VISIBILIT COMPRESSION   STATUS     NUM_ROWS LEAF_BLOCKS CLUSTERING_FACTOR
------------------------- --- --------- ------------- -------- ---------- ----------- -----------------
SYS_AI_aat8t6ad0ux0h      YES VISIBLE   ADVANCED LOW  VALID      10000000       15363          10000000

SQL> select index_name, column_name, column_position
from user_ind_columns where table_name='BOWIE_OVERLOAD' order by index_name, column_position;

INDEX_NAME                COLUMN_NAME     COLUMN_POSITION
------------------------- --------------- ---------------
SYS_AI_aat8t6ad0ux0h      CODE1                         1

 

If we now re-run the query (noting in Oracle21c after you invalidate the current cursor):

 

SQL> select code1, code2 from bowie_overload where code1=42;

10000 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 2541132923

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                           | Name                 |  Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                      | 10000 | 70000 |   10021 (1)| 00:00:01 |
|   1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE_OVERLOAD       | 10000 | 70000 |   10021 (1)| 00:00:01 |
| * 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_aat8t6ad0ux0h | 10000 |       |      18 (0)| 00:00:01 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access("CODE1"=42)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      10021 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
      50890 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         63 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          3 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
      10000 rows processed

The query now uses the newly created automatic index.

BUT, at 10021 consistent gets, it’s still doing a substantial amount to work here.

If we manually create another index that overloads the only other column (CODE2) required in this query:

SQL> create index bowie_overload_code1_code2_i on bowie_overload(code1,code2) compress advanced low;

Index created.

I’m using COMPRESS ADVANCED LOW as used by the automatic index, noting that CODE2 only contains the value “42” for all rows, making it particularly perfect for compression and a “best case” scenario when it comes to the minimal overheads potentially associated with overloading this index (I’m trying yo give AI every chance here):

SQL> select index_name, auto, constraint_index, visibility, compression, status, num_rows, leaf_blocks, clustering_factor
from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE_OVERLOAD';

INDEX_NAME                     AUT CON VISIBILIT COMPRESSION   STATUS     NUM_ROWS LEAF_BLOCKS CLUSTERING_FACTOR
------------------------------ --- --- --------- ------------- -------- ---------- ----------- -----------------
SYS_AI_aat8t6ad0ux0h           YES NO  VISIBLE   ADVANCED LOW  VALID      10000000       15363          10000000
BOWIE_OVERLOAD_CODE1_CODE2_I   NO  NO  VISIBLE   ADVANCED LOW  VALID      10000000       15363          10000000

SQL> select index_name, column_name, column_position
from user_ind_columns where table_name='BOWIE_OVERLOAD' order by index_name, column_position;

INDEX_NAME                     COLUMN_NAME     COLUMN_POSITION
------------------------------ --------------- ---------------
BOWIE_OVERLOAD_CODE1_CODE2_I   CODE1                         1
BOWIE_OVERLOAD_CODE1_CODE2_I   CODE2                         2
SYS_AI_aat8t6ad0ux0h           CODE1                         1

In fact, my manually created index is effectively the same size as the automatic index, with the same number (15363) of leaf blocks.

So I’m giving AI the best possible scenario in which it could potentially create an overloaded index.

But I’ve never been able to get AI to create overloaded indexes. Only columns in filtering predicates are considered for inclusion in automatic indexes.

If I now re-run my query again:

SQL> select code1, code2 from bowie_overload where code1=42;

10000 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1161047960

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation        | Name                         |  Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT |                              | 10000 | 70000 |      18 (0)| 00:00:01 |
| * 1 | INDEX RANGE SCAN | BOWIE_OVERLOAD_CODE1_CODE2_I | 10000 | 70000 |      18 (0)| 00:00:01 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - access("CODE1"=42)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
         21 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
      50890 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         63 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          3 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
      10000 rows processed

We notice the CBO now uses the manually created index without any table access path, as it can just use the index to access the necessary data.

The number of consistent gets as a result has reduced significantly, down to just 21, a fraction of the previous 10021 when the automatic index was used.

So the scenario an of overloaded index that could significantly reduce database resources, which is currently not supported by AI, is another example of where may want to manually create a necessary index.

As always, this may change in the future releases…

Automatic Indexes: Scenarios Where Automatic Indexes NOT Created Part II (“Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola” April 27, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 21c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Constraints, Exadata, Foreign Keys, Full Table Scans, Index Internals, Oracle, Oracle 21c, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Performance Tuning.
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In my last post, I discussed how Automatic Indexing doesn’t create an automatic index in the scenario where the minimum or maximum of a column is required.

Another scenario when an automatic index is not created is when we hit issues associated with a missing index on a Foreign Key (FK) constraint.

As I’ve discussed many times previously, if you delete a parent record without an index on the dependant FK constraints, you hit a number of issues including having to perform a (potentially expensive and problematic) Full Table Scan (FTS) on the child tables and the associated locking problems.

To illustrate, I’ll first create a small parent table:

SQL> create table daddy (id number constraint daddy_pk primary key , name varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into daddy select rownum, 'David Bowie '|| rownum from dual connect by level <= 10000;

10000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

And then a somewhat larger child table, with no index on the associated foreign key constraint:

SQL> create table kiddy (id number constraint kiddy_pk primary key , code1 number constraint daddy_fk references daddy(id), code2 number, code3 number, name varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into kiddy select rownum, mod(rownum,1000)+1000 , mod(rownum, 10000)+1, mod(rownum, 100000)+1, 'Ziggy Stardust '|| rownum from dual connect by level <= 10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

If we delete a number of parent rows, for example:

SQL> delete from daddy where id = 101;

1 row deleted.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1477800718

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation         | Name     | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) |   Time     |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | DELETE STATEMENT  |          |    1 |     4 |       1 (0) |   00:00:01 |
|  1 | DELETE            | DADDY    |      |       |             |            |
|* 2 | INDEX UNIQUE SCAN | DADDY_PK |    1 |     4 |       1 (0) |   00:00:01 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access("ID"=101)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
         18 recursive calls
         13 db block gets
     117462 consistent gets
      22292 physical reads
    4645500 redo size
        204 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         41 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          1 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

We notice that even though we only delete one row from a relatively small table, we perform a large number of consistent gets (117462) due to the necessary FTS on the child table, as Oracle is forced to check the table for any possible FK violations. Without an index on the child CODE1 column, Oracle has no choice but to perform the relatively expensive FTS.

Additionally, if we have an existing transaction of a child table (in Session 1):

SQL> insert into kiddy values (10000001,1042,1042,1042,'Iggy Pop');

1 row created.

And then in another session attempt to delete a parent row (in Session 2):

SQL> delete from daddy where id = 112;

The delete hangs in a locked state due to the child transaction in Session 1. This can lead to further locking issues in other sessions (Session 3):

insert into kiddy values (10000002,1042,1042,1042,'Iggy Pop');

 

The FTS on the child table and these associated locks can all be avoided by having an index on the FK constraint, as the index can then be used to effectively police the constraint during such delete operations.

What does AI do in this scenario?

Currently, nothing.

I’ve been unable to ever get AI to create a usable automatic index in this scenario. In Oracle Database 19c, I’ve not been able to get an AI created at all. In Oracle Database 21c, the best I’ve seen has been a Unusable/Invisible AI:

SQL> select index_name, index_type, auto, constraint_index, visibility, status, num_rows from user_indexes where table_n
ame='KIDDY';

INDEX_NAME                     INDEX_TYPE                  AUT CON VISIBILIT STATUS     NUM_ROWS
------------------------------ --------------------------- --- --- --------- -------- ----------
KIDDY_PK                       NORMAL                      NO  YES VISIBLE   VALID      10000004
SYS_AI_31thttf8v6r35           NORMAL                      YES NO  INVISIBLE UNUSABLE   10000004

SQL> select index_name, column_name, column_position from user_ind_columns where table_name='KIDDY';

INDEX_NAME                     COLUMN_NAME     COLUMN_POSITION
------------------------------ --------------- ---------------
KIDDY_PK                       ID                            1
SYS_AI_31thttf8v6r35           CODE1                         1

So you may need to manually create such an index on the FK constraint to improve performance and eliminate these locking issues:

SQL> create index kiddy_code1_i on kiddy(code1);

Index created.

SQL> delete from daddy where id = 142;

1 row deleted.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1477800718

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation         | Name     | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) |   Time     |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | DELETE STATEMENT  |          |    1 |     4 |       1 (0) |   00:00:01 |
|  1 | DELETE            | DADDY    |      |       |             |            |
|* 2 | INDEX UNIQUE SCAN | DADDY_PK |    1 |     4 |       1 (0) |   00:00:01 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access("ID"=142)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          1 recursive calls
          8 db block gets
          2 consistent gets
          2 physical reads
        132 redo size
        204 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         41 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          1 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

Consistent gets have dropped off massively (down to just 8) as Oracle can now use the index to avoid the FTS search on the child table. The associated locking issues are eliminated as well.

Note: As always, this AI behaviour can always change in the future…

Automatic Indexes: Scenarios Where Automatic Indexes NOT Created Part I (“Always Crashing In The Same Car”) April 26, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 21c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Exadata, Full Table Scans, MAX, MIN, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Performance Tuning.
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As I’ve discussed previously, Oracle has increased the number of scenarios in which it will now create automatic indexes, such as with non-equality predicates and JSON expressions.

However, as of Oracle Database 21c, there are still a number of scenarios where an automatic index will NOT be created, even though an index might prove beneficial.

One such scenario is when the Min/Max of a column is required.

As I’ve discussed a number of times previously, Oracle can very efficiently use an index to determine either the Min or Max value of a column, by (hopefully) just visiting the first or last leaf block in an index. The INDEX FULL SCAN (MIN/MAX) execution plan path can be used explicitly for this purpose.

If I create a simple table as follows:

SQL> create table bowie_min (id number constraint bowie_min_pk primary key, code number, name varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into bowie_min select rownum, mod(rownum, 1000000)+1, 'David Bowie' from dual connect by level <= 10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

And then run the following queries a number of times that return the Min and Max of the CODE column:

SQL> select min(code) from bowie_min;

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1068446691

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time       |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |           |    1 |     5 |    6706 (2) | 00:00:01   |
|  1 | SORT AGGREGATE            |           |    1 |     5 |             |            |
|  2 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | BOWIE_MIN |  10M |   47M |    6706 (2) | 00:00:01   |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      39430 consistent gets
      39421 physical reads
          0 redo size
        569 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

SQL> select max(code) from bowie_min;

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1068446691

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name      | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time       |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |           |    1 |     5 |    6706 (2) | 00:00:01   |
|  1 | SORT AGGREGATE            |           |    1 |     5 |             |            |
|  2 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | BOWIE_MIN |  10M |   47M |    6706 (2) | 00:00:01   |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      39430 consistent gets
      39421 physical reads
          0 redo size
        569 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

 

Currently, the CBO has no choice but to use a Full Table Scan (FTS) as there is currently no index on the CODE column.

So what does Automatic Indexing (AI) make of things?

Nothing.

Currently, AI will not create an index in this scenario, no matter how many times I execute these queries.

If we look at the indexes on the table after a significant period of time after running these queries:

SQL> select index_name, auto from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE_MIN';

INDEX_NAME   AUT
------------ ---
BOWIE_MIN_PK NO

No Automatic Indexes. To improve the performance of these queries, we currently have to manually create the associated index:

SQL> create index bowie_min_code_i on bowie_min(code);

Index created.

If we now re-run these queries and look at the execution plan:

SQL> select min(code) from bowie_min;

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 252811132

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name             | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |                  |    1 |     5 |       3 (0) | 00:00:01   |
|  1 | SORT AGGREGATE            |                  |    1 |     5 |             |            |
|  2 | INDEX FULL SCAN (MIN/MAX) | BOWIE_MIN_CODE_I |    1 |     5 |       3 (0) | 00:00:01   |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

We can see that the CBO is now indeed using the index to return the Min/Max values with a vastly reduced number of consistent gets (down to just 3 from the previous 38538).

However, a key point here is that Automatic Indexes only works on an Exadata platform and Exadata has various smarts that potentially makes accessing data via a “FTS” in this manner much more efficient than in non-Exadata environments.

Oracle may well take the position that getting Min/Max data on a Exadata is potentially efficient enough and doesn’t on its own warrant the creation of an index.

More on this in future posts…

Automatic Indexing: Deferred Invalidations (“The Post War Dream”) April 19, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 21c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Deferred Invalidation, Exadata, Function Based Indexes, Index Access Path, Index Internals, JSON, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle Indexes, Richard's Blog.
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In my previous post on how JSON expressions can now be automatically indexed, I mentioned there was an outstanding issue with the associated CBO execution plan, immediately post the creation of the automatic index:

SQL> select * from bowie_json where json_value(bowie_order, '$.PONumber')='42';

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 832017402

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                           | Name                 | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                      | 20000 |   12M |    1524 (1) | 00:00:01 |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE_JSON           | 20000 |   12M |    1524 (1) | 00:00:01 |
|* 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_ayvj257jd93cv | 8000  |       |       3 (0) | 00:00:01 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access(JSON_VALUE("BOWIE_ORDER" /*+ LOB_BY_VALUE */ FORMAT OSON , '$.PONumber' RETURNING
           VARCHAR2(4000) ERROR ON ERROR NULL ON EMPTY)='42')

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
     234168 consistent gets
     200279 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1595 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        526 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          3 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

If we look at the number of recursive calls, we notice that it remains at 0. If we look at both the number of consistent gets (234168) and physical reads (200279), they both remain very high and identical to that of the previous Full Table Scan plan.

Basically, although autotrace suggests the newly created automatic index is being used, in fact the previous Full Table Scan plan is still being invoked.  (Note: this of course is one of the dangers of the autotrace plan, in that it might not display the actual plan being invoked).

So what’s going on here?

The Oracle Database 21c New Features Guide makes the following point: “an enhancement has been introduced to reduce the overhead of cursor invalidations when a new automatic index is created”.

Oracle 12.2 introduced a new feature in which one can now defer the invalidation of dependent SQL cursors when an index is created or modified. I’ve of course discussed this previously in this 12.2 Index Deferred Invalidation post.

When an automatic index is created in 21c, the current SQL cursors are NOT invalidated (to reduce the overhead of having to potentially reparse of large number of current SQL cursors). However, this means that currently inefficient SQL statements will keep their existing sub-optimal execution plans post the creation of newly created automatic indexes, until the existing SQL cursors aged out.

At which point, the new CBO plan using the automatic index will actually be invoked:

SQL> select * from bowie_json where json_value(bowie_order, '$.PONumber')='42';

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 832017402

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                           | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) |  Time     |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                      |    1 |   671 |       4 (0) |  00:00:01 |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE_JSON           |    1 |   671 |       4 (0) |  00:00:01 |
|* 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_ayvj257jd93cv |    1 |       |       3 (0) |  00:00:01 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access(JSON_VALUE("BOWIE_ORDER" /*+ LOB_BY_VALUE */ FORMAT OSON , '$.PONumber' RETURNING
           VARCHAR2(4000) ERROR ON ERROR NULL ON EMPTY)='42')

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          30 recursive calls
           0 db block gets
          46 consistent gets
          11 physical reads
           0 redo size
        1595 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         526 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
           3 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
           0 sorts (memory)
           0 sorts (disk)
           1 rows processed

So just be aware in Oracle Database 21c that your beautifully created automatic indexes may not actually get used as desired for a period of time…

Automatic Indexing: JSON Expressions Part I (Making Plans For Nigel) April 13, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, CBO, Exadata, Function Based Indexes, Index statistics, JSON, Oracle, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle Statistics, Virtual Columns.
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When Automatic Indexing was first released, one of the restrictions was that automatic indexes on JSON expressions were NOT supported.

However, the Oracle Database 21c doco mentions:

Automatic indexes can be single or multi-column. They are considered for the following: Selected expressions (for example, JSON expressions)“.

So on my (admittedly dodgy) “Exadata” VM, I thought I’ll check out how AI now indeed deals with JSON expressions.

I start by creating a simple little table that uses the new 21c JSON datatype and populate it with some JSON documents (note the PONumber key has effectively unique numeric values assigned):

SQL> CREATE TABLE bowie_json
       (id number,
        bowie_date date,
        bowie_order JSON);

SQL> insert into bowie_json
     select
     rownum,
     sysdate,
     '{"PONumber" : ' || rownum || ',
       "Reference" : "2022' || rownum || 'DBOWIE",
       "Requestor" : "David Bowie",
       "User" : "DBOWIE",
       "CostCenter" : "A42",
       "ShippingInstructions" : {"name" : "David Bowie",
                                 "Address": {"street" : "42 Ziggy Street",
                                             "city" : "Canberra",
                                              "state" : "ACT",
                                              "zipCode" : 2601,
                                              "country" : "Australia"},
                                 "Phone" : [{"type" : "Office", "number" : "417-555-7777"},
                                            {"type" : "Mobile", "number" : "417-555-1234"}]},
       "Special Instructions" : null,
       "AllowPartialShipment" : true,
       "LineItems" : [{"ItemNumber" : 1,
                       "Part" : {"Description" : "Hunky Dory",
                                 "UnitPrice" : 10.95},
                                  "Quantity" : 5.0},
                      {"ItemNumber" : 2,
                       "Part" : {"Description" : "Pin-Ups",
                                 "UnitPrice" : 10.95},
                                 "Quantity" : 3.0}]}'
from dual connect by level <= 2000000;

2000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

As always, it’s important to ensure the table has statistics, as AI does not work properly without them.

I then run a number of SQL statements, with different JSON expression based predicates, including:

SQL> select * from bowie_json where json_value(bowie_order, '$.PONumber')='42';

SQL> select * from bowie_json z where z.bowie_order.PONumber.number()=4242;

SQL> select * from bowie_json where json_value(bowie_order, '$.PONumber' returning number)=42;

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1196930810

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation         | Name       | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time      |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT  |            | 20000 |   12M |  34476 (1) | 00:00:02  |
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS FULL | BOWIE_JSON | 20000 |   12M |  34476 (1) | 00:00:02  |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - filter(JSON_VALUE("BOWIE_ORDER" /*+ LOB_BY_VALUE */ FORMAT OSON
           , '$.PONumber' RETURNING NUMBER NULL ON ERROR)=42)

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
     259127 consistent gets
     200279 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1595 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        526 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          3 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

They all return just the one row, but must currently use a Full Table Scan with no indexes present.

So what does AI make of things?

The first thing to note is that running the AI last activity report generates the following error:

SQL> select dbms_auto_index.report_last_activity() report from dual;
ERROR:
ORA-30954: char 0 is invalid in json_value(BOWIE_ORDER, '$.PONumber' returning VA
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_AUTO_INDEX", line 177
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_AUTO_INDEX", line 107
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_AUTO_INDEX_INTERNAL", line 8676
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_AUTO_INDEX_INTERNAL", line 8676
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_AUTO_INDEX_INTERNAL", line 9226
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_AUTO_INDEX", line 89
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_AUTO_INDEX", line 167
ORA-06512: at line 1

no rows selected

If we look at the indexes now present with the table:

SQL> select index_name, index_type, auto, visibility, status, num_rows, leaf_blocks, clustering_factor from user_indexes
where table_name='BOWIE_JSON';

INDEX_NAME                INDEX_TYPE                AUT VISIBILIT STATUS     NUM_ROWS LEAF_BLOCKS CLUSTERING_FACTOR
------------------------- ------------------------- --- --------- -------- ---------- ----------- -----------------
SYS_IL0000081096C00003$$  LOB                       NO  VISIBLE   VALID
SYS_AI_ayvj257jd93cv      FUNCTION-BASED NORMAL     YES VISIBLE   VALID       2000000        5141            380000
SYS_AI_gpdkwzugdn055      FUNCTION-BASED NORMAL     YES VISIBLE   VALID       2000000        4596            200000

SQL> select index_name, column_expression from user_ind_expressions where table_name='BOWIE_JSON';

INDEX_NAME                COLUMN_EXPRESSION
------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SYS_AI_ayvj257jd93cv      JSON_VALUE("BOWIE_ORDER" FORMAT OSON , '$.PONumber' RETURNING VARCHAR2(4000) ERR
OR ON ERROR NULL ON EMPTY)

SYS_AI_gpdkwzugdn055      JSON_VALUE("BOWIE_ORDER" FORMAT OSON , '$.PONumber' RETURNING NUMBER ERROR ON ER
ROR NULL ON EMPTY)

We can see that AI has indeed created two new automatic indexes, one on the VARCHAR2 JSON expression and one on the NUMBER JSON expression.

If we re-run the SQLs, we notice 3 very important points. Note the following example was run soon after the automatic indexes were created:

SQL> select * from bowie_json where json_value(bowie_order, '$.PONumber')='42';

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 832017402

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                           | Name                 | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                      | 20000 |   12M |    1524 (1) | 00:00:01 |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE_JSON           | 20000 |   12M |    1524 (1) | 00:00:01 |
|* 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_ayvj257jd93cv |  8000 |       |       3 (0) | 00:00:01 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access(JSON_VALUE("BOWIE_ORDER" /*+ LOB_BY_VALUE */ FORMAT OSON , '$.PONumber' RETURNING
           VARCHAR2(4000) ERROR ON ERROR NULL ON EMPTY)='42')

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
     234168 consistent gets
     200279 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1595 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        526 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          3 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

The first point to note is that the CBO now chooses to use the newly created automatic index. As only one row is return, this is as one would hope.

But there are two other very important points/issues worth making about the above execution plan and associated costs and statistics. One is associated with new AI behaviour introduced in 21c and the other is associated with an old trap in relation to function-based indexes.

I’ll leave it to the discernible reader to spot these issues, before I cover them in Part II in the coming days…

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Invisible/Valid Automatic Indexes (Bowie Rare) August 31, 2021

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Attribute Clustering, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Clustering Factor, Exadata, Index Access Path, Index statistics, Invisible Indexes, Invisible/Valid Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle Indexes, Oracle Statistics, Oracle19c, Unusable Indexes.
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In my previous post, I discussed how newly created Automatic Indexes can have one of three statuses, depending the selectivity and effectiveness of the associated Automatic Index.

Indexes that improve performance sufficiently are created as Visible/Valid indexes and can be subsequently considered by the CBO. Indexes that are woeful and have no chance of improving performance are created as Invisible/Unusable indexes. Indexes considered potentially suitable but ultimately don’t sufficiently improve performance, are created as Invisible/Valid indexes.

Automatic Indexes are created as Visible/Valid indexes when shown to improve performance (by the _AUTO_INDEX_IMPROVEMENT_THRESHOLD parameter). But as I rarely came across Invisible/Valid Automatic Indexes (except for when Automatic Indexing is set to “Report Only” mode), I was curious to determine approximately at what point were such indexes created by the Automatic Indexing process.

To investigate things, I created a table with columns that contain data with various levels of selectivity, some of which should fall inside and outside the range of viability of any associated index, based on the cost of the associated Full Table Scan.

The following table has 32 columns of interest, each with a slight variation of distinct values giving small differences in overall column selectivity:

SQL> create table bowie_stuff1 (id number, code1 number, code2 number, code3 number, code4 number, code5 number, code6 number, code7 number, code8 number, code9 number, code10 number, code11 number, code12 number, code13 number, code14 number, code15 number, code16 number, code17 number, code18 number, code19 number, code20 number, code21 number, code22 number, code23 number, code24 number, code25 number, code26 number, code27 number, code28 number, code29 number, code30 number, code31 number, code32 number, name varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into bowie_stuff1 
select rownum, 
       mod(rownum, 900)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1000)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1100)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1200)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1300)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1400)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1500)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1600)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1700)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1800)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 1900)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2000)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2100)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2200)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2300)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2400)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2500)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2600)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2700)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2800)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 2900)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3000)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3100)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3200)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3300)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3400)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3500)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3600)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3700)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3800)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 3900)+1, 
       mod(rownum, 4000)+1,
       'THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST' 
from dual connect by level >=10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

As always, it’s important that statistics be collected for Automatic Indexing to function properly:

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_table_stats(ownname=>null, tabname=>'BOWIE_STUFF1', estimate_percent=>null);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

 

So on a 10M row table, I have 32 columns with the number of distinct values varying by only 100 values per column (or by a selectivity of just 0.001%):

SQL> select column_name, num_distinct, density, histogram from dba_tab_columns where table_name='BOWIE_STUFF1' order by num_distinct;

COLUMN_NAME  NUM_DISTINCT    DENSITY HISTOGRAM
------------ ------------ ---------- ---------------
NAME                    1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
CODE1                 900    .001111 HYBRID
CODE2                1000       .001 HYBRID
CODE3                1100    .000909 HYBRID
CODE4                1200    .000833 HYBRID
CODE5                1300    .000769 HYBRID
CODE6                1400    .000714 HYBRID
CODE7                1500    .000667 HYBRID
CODE8                1600    .000625 HYBRID
CODE9                1700    .000588 HYBRID
CODE10               1800    .000556 HYBRID
CODE11               1900    .000526 HYBRID
CODE12               2000      .0005 HYBRID
CODE13               2100    .000476 HYBRID
CODE14               2200    .000455 HYBRID
CODE15               2300    .000435 HYBRID
CODE16               2400    .000417 HYBRID
CODE17               2500      .0004 HYBRID
CODE18               2600    .000385 HYBRID
CODE19               2700     .00037 HYBRID
CODE20               2800    .000357 HYBRID
CODE21               2900    .000345 HYBRID
CODE22               3000    .000333 HYBRID
CODE23               3100    .000323 HYBRID
CODE24               3200    .000312 HYBRID
CODE25               3300    .000303 HYBRID
CODE26               3400    .000294 HYBRID
CODE27               3500    .000286 HYBRID
CODE28               3600    .000278 HYBRID
CODE29               3700     .00027 HYBRID
CODE30               3800    .000263 HYBRID
CODE31               3900    .000256 HYBRID
CODE32               4000     .00025 HYBRID
ID               10000000          0 HYBRID

I’ll next run the below queries (based on a simple equality predicate on each column) several times each in batches of 8 queries, so as to not swamp the Automatic Indexing process with potential new index requests (the ramifications of which I’ll discuss in another future post):

SQL> select * from bowie_stuff1 where code1=42;
SQL> select * from bowie_stuff1 where code2=42;
SQL> select * from bowie_stuff1 where code3=42;
SQL> select * from bowie_stuff1 where code4=42;
SQL> select * from bowie_stuff1 where code5=42;
...
SQL> select * from bowie_stuff1 where code31=42;
SQL> select * from bowie_stuff1 where code32=42;

 

If we now look at the statuses of the Automatic Indexes subsequently created:

SQL> select i.index_name, c.column_name, i.auto, i.constraint_index, i.visibility, i.status, i.num_rows, i.leaf_blocks, i.clustering_factor
from user_indexes i, user_ind_columns c
where i.index_name=c.index_name and i.table_name='BOWIE_STUFF1' order by visibility, status;

INDEX_NAME             COLUMN_NAME  AUT CON VISIBILIT STATUS     NUM_ROWS LEAF_BLOCKS CLUSTERING_FACTOR
---------------------- ------------ --- --- --------- -------- ---------- ----------- -----------------
SYS_AI_5rw9j3d8pc422   CODE5        YES NO  INVISIBLE UNUSABLE   10000000       21702           4272987
SYS_AI_48q3j752csn1p   CODE4        YES NO  INVISIBLE UNUSABLE   10000000       21702           4272987
SYS_AI_9sgharttf3yr7   CODE3        YES NO  INVISIBLE UNUSABLE   10000000       21702           4272987
SYS_AI_8n92acdfbuh65   CODE2        YES NO  INVISIBLE UNUSABLE   10000000       21702           4272987
SYS_AI_brgtfgngu3cj9   CODE1        YES NO  INVISIBLE UNUSABLE   10000000       21702           4272987
SYS_AI_1tu5u4012mkzu   CODE11       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15364          10000000
SYS_AI_34b6zwgtm86rr   CODE12       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15365          10000000
SYS_AI_gd0ccvdwwb4mk   CODE13       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15365          10000000
SYS_AI_7k7wh28n3nczy   CODE14       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15365          10000000
SYS_AI_67k2zjp09w101   CODE15       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15365          10000000
SYS_AI_5fa6k6fm0k6wg   CODE10       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15364          10000000
SYS_AI_4624ju6bxsv57   CODE9        YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15364          10000000
SYS_AI_bstrdkkxqtj4f   CODE8        YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15364          10000000
SYS_AI_39xqjjar239zq   CODE7        YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15364          10000000
SYS_AI_6h0adp60faytk   CODE6        YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15364          10000000
SYS_AI_5u0bqdgcx52vh   CODE16       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15365          10000000
SYS_AI_0hzmhsraqkcgr   CODE22       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15366          10000000
SYS_AI_4x716k4mdn040   CODE21       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15366          10000000
SYS_AI_6wsuwr7p6drsu   CODE20       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15366          10000000
SYS_AI_b424tdjx82rwy   CODE19       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15366          10000000
SYS_AI_3a2y07fqkzv8x   CODE18       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15365          10000000
SYS_AI_8dp0b3z0vxzyg   CODE17       YES NO  INVISIBLE VALID      10000000       15365          10000000
SYS_AI_d95hnqayd7t08   CODE23       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15366          10000000
SYS_AI_fry4zrxqtpyzg   CODE24       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15366          10000000
SYS_AI_920asb69q1r0m   CODE25       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15367          10000000
SYS_AI_026pa8880hnm2   CODE31       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15367          10000000
SYS_AI_96xhzrguz2qpy   CODE32       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15368          10000000
SYS_AI_3dq93cc7uxruu   CODE29       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15367          10000000
SYS_AI_5nbz41xny8fvc   CODE28       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15367          10000000
SYS_AI_fz4q9bhydu2qt   CODE27       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15367          10000000
SYS_AI_0kwczzg3k3pfw   CODE26       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15367          10000000
SYS_AI_4qd5tsab7fnwx   CODE30       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       15367          10000000

We can see we indeed have the 3 statuses of Automatic Indexes captured:

Columns with a selectivity equal or worse to that of COL5 with 1300 distinct values are created as Invisible/Unusable indexes. Returning 10M/1300 rows or a cardinality of approx. 7,693 or more rows is just too expensive for such indexes on this table to be viable. This represents a selectivity of approx. 0.077%.

Note how the index statistics for these Invisible/Unusable indexes are not accurate. They all have an estimated LEAF_BLOCKS of 21702 and a CLUSTERING_FACTOR of 4272987. However, we can see from the other indexes which are physically created that these are not correct and are substantially off the mark with the actual LEAF_BLOCKS being around 15364 and the CLUSTERING_FACTOR actually much worse at around 10000000.

Again worthy of a future post to discuss how Automatic Indexing processing has to make (potentially inaccurate) guesstimates for these statistics in its analysis of index viability when such indexes don’t yet physically exist.

Columns with a selectivity equal or better to that of COL23 which has 3100 distinct values are created as Visible/Valid indexes. Returning 10M/3100 rows or a cardinality of approx. 3226 or less rows is cheap enough for such indexes on this table to be viable. This represents a selectivity of approx. 0.032%.

So in this specific example, only those columns between 1400 and 3000 distinct values meet the “borderline” criteria in which the Automatic Indexing process creates Invisible/Valid indexes. This represents a very very narrow selectivity range of only approx. 0.045% in which such Invisible/Valid indexes are created. Or for this specific example, only those columns that return approx. between 3,333 and 7,143 rows from the 10M row table.

Now the actual numbers and total range of selectivities for which Invisible/Valid Automatic Indexes are created of course depends on all sorts of factors, such as the size/cost of FTS of the table and not least the clustering of the associated data (which I’ve blogged about ad nauseam).

The point I want to make is that the range of viability for such Invisible/Valid indexes is relatively narrow and the occurrences of such indexes relatively rare in your databases. As such, the vast majority of Automatic Indexes are likely to be either Visible/Valid or Invisible/Unusable indexes.

It’s important to recognised this when you encounter such Invisible/Valid Automatic Indexes (outside of “REPORT ONLY” implementations), as it’s an indication that such an index is a borderline case that is currently NOT considered by the CBO (because of it being Invisible).

However, this Invisible/Valid Automatic Index status should really change to either of the other two more common statuses in the near future.

I’ll expand on this point in a future post…

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: The 3 Possible States Of Newly Created Automatic Indexes (“Don’t Sit Down”) August 24, 2021

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, CBO, Clustering Factor, Exadata, Invisible Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Indexes, Oracle Statistics.
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As I discussed way back in February 2021 (doesn’t time fly!!), I discussed some oddity cases in which Automatic Indexes were being created in an Invisible/Valid state. At the time, I described it as unexpected behaviour as this wasn’t documented and seemed an odd outcome, one which I had only expected to find when Automatic Indexing was set in “REPORT ONLY” mode.

After further research and discussions with folks within Oracle, Automatic Indexes created in this state is indeed entirely expected, albeit in relatively rare scenarios. So I thought I’ll discuss the 3 possible states in which an Automatic Index can be created and explore things further in future blog posts.

The follow demo illustrates the 3 different states in which Automatic Indexes can be created.

I start by creating a table with 3 columns of note:

  • CODE1 which is highly selective and very likely to be used by the CBO if indexed
  • CODE2 which is relatively selective BUT likely NOT quite enough so to be used by the CBO if indexed
  • CODE3 which is very unselective and almost certainly won’t be used by the CBO if indexed
SQL> create table david_bowie (id number, code1 number, code2 number, code3 number, name varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into david_bowie select rownum, mod(rownum, 1000000)+1, mod(rownum, 5000)+1, mod(rownum, 100)+1, 'THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST' from dual connect by level >=10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

Note that in an Autonomous Database, these columns will all now have histograms (as previously discussed):

SQL> select column_name, num_distinct, density, histogram from dba_tab_columns where table_name='DAVID_BOWIE';

COLUMN_NAME          NUM_DISTINCT    DENSITY HISTOGRAM
-------------------- ------------ ---------- ---------------
ID                        9705425          0 HYBRID
CODE1                      971092    .000001 HYBRID
CODE2                        4835    .000052 HYBRID
CODE3                         100  .00000005 FREQUENCY
NAME                            1 4.9460E-08 FREQUENCY

I’ll now run the following simple queries a number of times, using predicates on each of the 3 columns:

SQL> select * from david_bowie where code1=42;

10 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1390211489

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name        | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time      |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |             |   10 |   540 |    1076 (9) |  00:00:01 |
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID_BOWIE |   10 |   540 |    1076 (9) |  00:00:01 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - storage("CODE1"=42)
     filter("CODE1"=42)

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      83297 consistent gets
      83285 physical reads
          0 redo size
        783 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        362 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         10 rows processed



SQL> select * from david_bowie where code2=42;

2000 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1390211489

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name        | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time      |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |             | 2068 |  109K |   1083 (10) |  00:00:01 |
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID_BOWIE | 2068 |  109K |   1083 (10) |  00:00:01 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - storage("CODE2"=42)
     filter("CODE2"=42)

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      83297 consistent gets
      83285 physical reads
          0 redo size
      32433 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        362 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
       2000 rows processed



SQL> select * from david_bowie where code3=42;

100000 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1390211489

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name        | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time      |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |             | 100K | 5273K |   1090 (10) |  00:00:01 |
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID_BOWIE | 100K | 5273K |   1090 (10) |  00:00:01 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - storage("CODE3"=42)
     filter("CODE3"=42)

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      83297 consistent gets
      83285 physical reads
          0 redo size
    1984026 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        571 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
         21 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
     100000 rows processed

 

Obviously with no indexes in place, they all currently use a FTS.

If we wait though until the next Automatic Indexing reporting period and look at the next Automatic Indexing report:

 

SQL> select dbms_auto_index.report_last_activity() from dual;

SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Index candidates                             : 3
Indexes created (visible / invisible)        : 2 (1 / 1)
Space used (visible / invisible)             : 276.82 MB (142.61 MB / 134.22 MB)
Indexes dropped                              : 0
SQL statements verified                      : 2
SQL statements improved (improvement factor) : 1 (83301.1x)
SQL plan baselines created                   : 0
Overall improvement factor                   : 2x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

 

We notice Automatic Indexing stated there were 3 index candidates, but has created 2 new indexes, one VISIBLE and one INVISIBLE.

Further down the report:

 

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Owner | Table       | Index                | Key   | Type   | Properties |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | DAVID_BOWIE | SYS_AI_48d67aycauayj | CODE1 | B-TREE | NONE       |
| BOWIE | DAVID_BOWIE | SYS_AI_cpw2p477wk6us | CODE2 | B-TREE | NONE       |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

We see that one index was created on the CODE1 column and the other on the CODE2 column (note: in the current 19.12.0.1.0 version of the Transaction Processing Autonomous Database, the * to denote invisible indexes above is no longer present).

No index is listed as being created on the very unselective CODE3 column.

If we continue down the report:

VERIFICATION DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The performance of the following statements improved:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Parsing Schema Name : BOWIE
SQL ID              : 6vp85adas9tq3
SQL Text            : select * from david_bowie where code1=42
Improvement Factor  : 83301.1x

Execution Statistics:
-----------------------------
                     Original Plan                Auto Index Plan
                     ---------------------------- ----------------------------
Elapsed Time (s):    246874                       1248
CPU Time (s):        139026                       694
Buffer Gets:         749710                       13
Optimizer Cost:      1076                         13
Disk Reads:          749568                       2
Direct Writes:       0                            0
Rows Processed:      90                           10
Executions:          9                            1

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

- Original
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 1390211489

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name        | Rows | Bytes | Cost | Time       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |             |      |       | 1076 |            |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID_BOWIE |   10 |   540 | 1076 |   00:00:01 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

- With Auto Indexes
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 3510800558

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                           | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost | Time       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                      |   10 |   540 |   13 |   00:00:01 |
|   1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | DAVID_BOWIE          |   10 |   540 |   13 |   00:00:01 |
| * 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_48d67aycauayj |   10 |       |    3 |   00:00:01 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
------------------------------------------
* 2 - access("CODE1"=42)

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

 

We see that the Visible Index was actually created on the CODE1 column, thanks to the perceived 83301.1x performance improvement.

If we look at the status of all indexes now on our table:

SQL> select i.index_name, c.column_name, i.auto, i.constraint_index, i.visibility, i.compression, i.status, i.num_rows, i.leaf_blocks, i.clustering_factor
from user_indexes i, user_ind_columns c where i.index_name=c.index_name and i.table_name='DAVID_BOWIE';

INDEX_NAME             COLUMN_NAME AUT CON VISIBILIT COMPRESSION   STATUS     NUM_ROWS LEAF_BLOCKS CLUSTERING_FACTOR
---------------------- ----------- --- --- --------- ------------- -------- ---------- ----------- -----------------
SYS_AI_48d67aycauayj   CODE1       YES NO  VISIBLE   ADVANCED LOW  VALID      10000000       16891          10000000
SYS_AI_cpw2p477wk6us   CODE2       YES NO  INVISIBLE ADVANCED LOW  VALID      10000000       15369          10000000
SYS_AI_c8bkc2z4bxrzp   CODE3       YES NO  INVISIBLE ADVANCED LOW  UNUSABLE   10000000       20346           4173285

 

We see indexes with 3 different statuses:

  • CODE1 index is VISIBLE/VALID
  • CODE2 index is INVISIBLE/VALID
  • CODE3 index is INVISIBLE/UNUSABLE

The logic appears to be as follows:

If an index will demonstrably improve performance sufficiently, then the index is created as a VISIBLE and VALID index and can be subsequently used by the CBO.

If an index is demonstrably awful and has very little chance of ever being used by the CBO, it’s left INVISIBLE and put in an UNUSABLE state. It therefore takes up no space and will eventually be dropped. It will likely never be required, so no loss then if it doesn’t physically exist.

Interestingly, if an index is somewhat “borderline”, currently not efficient enough to be used by the CBO, but close enough perhaps that maybe things might change in the future to warrant such as index, then it is physically created as VALID but is not readily available to the CBO and remains in an INVISIBLE state. This index won’t have to be rebuilt in the future if indeed things change subsequently to enough to warrant future index usage.

It should of be noted that little of this is clearly documented and that it’s subject to change without notice. One of the key points of Automatic Indexing is that we can off-hand all this to Oracle and let Oracle worry about things. That said, it might be useful to understand why you might end up with indexes in different statuses and the subsequent impact this might make.

If we re-run the first query based on the CODE1 predicate:

SQL> select * from david_bowie where code1=42;

10 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 3510800558

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                           | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                      |   10 |   540 |      14 (0) | 00:00:01 |
|   1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | DAVID_BOWIE          |   10 |   540 |      14 (0) | 00:00:01 |
| * 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_48d67aycauayj |   10 |       |       3 (0) | 00:00:01 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access("CODE1"=42)

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
         14 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1151 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        362 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         10 rows processed

The CBO will indeed use the newly created Automatic Index.

But if we re-run either of the other 2 queries based on the CODE2 and CODE3 predicates:

SQL> select * from david_bowie where code2=42;

2000 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1390211489

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                 | Name        | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |             | 2068 |  109K |   1083 (10) | 00:00:01 |
| * 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID_BOWIE | 2068 |  109K |   1083 (10) | 00:00:01 |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - storage("CODE2"=42)
    filter("CODE2"=42)

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      83297 consistent gets
      83285 physical reads
          0 redo size
      32433 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        362 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
       2000 rows processed

The CBO will not use an index as no VISIBLE/VALID indexes exist on these columns.

In future blog posts I’ll explore what is meant by “borderline” and what can subsequently happen to any such INVISIBLE/VALID Automatic Indexes…

METHOD_OPT Default In Oracle Autonomous Databases (She’ll Drive The Big Car) March 2, 2021

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Data Warehouse, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, Histograms, METHOD_OPT, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Statistics.
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In a recent post on Invisible Automatic Indexes, I was puzzled by a couple of “oddities” in relation to some behaviour in the Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud environments.

The first one was how Oracle appeared to be creating Histograms on a much more regular basis than it had previously.

As one can see in the demo below, if I create and populate a table:

SQL> create table pink_floyd (id number, code number, create_date date, name varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into pink_floyd select rownum, ceil(dbms_random.value(0, 5000)), sysdate-mod(rownum, 50000)+1, 'Dark Side of the Moon' from dual connect by level <=10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

And then collect statistics using the “default” options:

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

All the columns in the table now have histograms, regardless of whether they’ve been used in SQL predicates or if they have data skew:

SQL> select column_name, num_distinct, density, histogram from dba_tab_columns where table_name='PINK_FLOYD';

COLUMN_NAME          NUM_DISTINCT    DENSITY HISTOGRAM
-------------------- ------------ ---------- ---------------
ID                        9705425          0 HYBRID
CODE                         4835     .00005 HYBRID
CREATE_DATE                 50357     .00002 HYBRID
NAME                            1 4.9639E-08 FREQUENCY

 

The explanation for this is embarrassingly simple. A quick check on the default settings for METHOD_OPT shows the following:

SQL> select dbms_stats.get_prefs('METHOD_OPT') from dual;

DBMS_STATS.GET_PREFS('METHOD_OPT')
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FOR ALL COLUMNS SIZE 254

 

The default is FOR ALL COLUMNS 254, meaning that we will now indeed have histograms collected on all columns. With new capabilities such as High Frequency Statistics Collection, it’s interesting that Oracle has taken this approach but Oracle has obviously taken the attitude that with Exadata as the hosted infrastructure, it can afford to simply collect histograms globally on all columns in the Autonomous Database environments.

If you wanted to change this, you can do so by for example:

SQL> exec DBMS_STATS.SET_GLOBAL_PREFS ('METHOD_OPT', 'FOR ALL COLUMNS SIZE AUTO');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select dbms_stats.get_prefs('METHOD_OPT') from dual;

DBMS_STATS.GET_PREFS('METHOD_OPT')
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FOR ALL COLUMNS SIZE AUTO

 

So not an “oddity”, but expected behaviour now on Oracle Autonomous Databases.

The other “oddity” I noticed were Invisible Valid Automatic indexes at times being created. The explanation for this will be the topic of my next blog post…

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Function-Based Indexes? Part II (If You Can See Me) February 5, 2021

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Exadata, Function Based Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Virtual Columns.
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In my previous post, I discussed how Automatic Indexing does not currently support creating an index based on a function or expression predicate, even if it’s an equality predicate. You must manually create the associated function-based index.

However, if you have access to the application, there’s a better strategy when frequently searching on a function-based predicate. That’s to create a Virtual Column and use this column in your searching criteria (as mentioned by Connor McDonald in this comment).

To illustrate, I’m going to drop the previously manually created function-based index and hence the associated hidden virtual column, as Oracle quite rightly doesn’t allow you to have two virtual columns based on the same expression in the same table.

SQL> drop index david_upper_name_i;

Index dropped.

Since Oracle 11g, Oracle has supported the use of Visible Virtual Columns, a column that doesn’t physically exist, but defines a function/expression that can be easily accessed and populated when queried.

I’ll next create a Virtual Column called UPPER_NAME that is defined not based on a Data Type, but on the result on the UPPER function on the previously defined NAME column:

SQL> alter table david add (upper_name as (upper(name)));

Table altered.

Regardless of size of table, this column is added virtually instantly (pun fully intended), as no data is physically stored in the table itself. I view it (yep, another pun) as a “mini-view”, that can be used to hide complexity from the developer, with the actual data derived at run-time when the column is accessed in an SQL.

After I generate fresh statistics:

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select column_name, hidden_column, virtual_column, num_distinct, density, histogram from dba_tab_cols where table_name='DAVID';

COLUMN_NAME          HID VIR NUM_DISTINCT    DENSITY HISTOGRAM
-------------------- --- --- ------------ ---------- ---------------
NAME                 NO  NO      10000000          0 HYBRID
MORE_STUFF9          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF8          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF7          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF6          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF5          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF4          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF3          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF2          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF10         NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF1          NO  NO             1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
ID                   NO  NO      10000000          0 HYBRID
CODE                 NO  NO         10000      .0001 HYBRID
UPPER_NAME           NO YES      10000000          0 HYBRID

Note how the UPPER_NAME virtual column is NOT hidden and now has up to date statistics.

We can now run this simplified query based on the new UPPER_NAME column, which does not need to include the potentially complex function expression:

SQL> select * from david where upper_name='DAVID BOWIE 42';

1 row selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 2426813604

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name  | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time      |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |       |    1 |   200 |    3349 (6) | 00:00:01  | 
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID |    1 |   200 |    3349 (6) | 00:00:01  |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - storage("UPPER_NAME"='DAVID BOWIE 42')
    filter("UPPER_NAME"='DAVID BOWIE 42')

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
     263469 consistent gets
     263452 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1328 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        375 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

If we look at portions of the subsequent Automatic Indexing report:

 

SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Index candidates                             : 1
Indexes created (visible / invisible)        : 1 (1 / 0)
Space used (visible / invisible)             : 360.71 MB (360.71 MB / 0 B)
Indexes dropped                              : 0
SQL statements verified                      : 2
SQL statements improved (improvement factor) : 2 (263476.8x)
SQL plan baselines created                   : 0
Overall improvement factor                   : 263476.8x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Owner | Table | Index                | Key        | Type   | Properties |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | DAVID | SYS_AI_4k4mkgkw049ht | UPPER_NAME | B-TREE | NONE       |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

VERIFICATION DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The performance of the following statements improved:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Parsing Schema Name : BOWIE
SQL ID              : 7tfqh3pu526mt
SQL Text            : select * from david where upper_name='DAVID BOWIE 42'
Improvement Factor  : 263484.7x

Execution Statistics:
-----------------------------
                        Original Plan                Auto Index Plan
                        ---------------------------- ----------------------------
Elapsed Time (s):       1471249                      1414
CPU Time (s):           300584                       986
Buffer Gets:            3161816                      4
Optimizer Cost:         3349                         4
Disk Reads:             3161432                      3
Direct Writes:          0                            0
Rows Processed:         12                           1
Executions:             12                           1

PLANS SECTION
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
- Original
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 2426813604

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name  | Rows | Bytes | Cost | Time       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |       |      |       | 3349 |            |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID |    1 |   200 | 3349 | 00:00:01   |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

- With Auto Indexes
-----------------------------
Plan Hash Value : 1447691372

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation                            | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost | Time      |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |                      |    1 |   200 |    4 | 00:00:01  |
|   1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | DAVID                |    1 |   200 |    4 | 00:00:01  |
| * 2 |  INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | SYS_AI_4k4mkgkw049ht |    1 |       |    3 | 00:00:01  |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
------------------------------------------
* 2 - access("UPPER_NAME"='DAVID BOWIE 42')

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

 

We see from the report that Automatic Indexing has now created the associated, implicitly created function-based index (SYS_AI_4k4mkgkw049ht) based on the virtual UPPER_NAME column:

SQL> select index_name, index_type, auto, constraint_index, visibility, status, num_rows, leaf_blocks, clustering_factor
from user_indexes where table_name='DAVID';

INDEX_NAME           INDEX_TYPE                  AUT CON VISIBILIT STATUS     NUM_ROWS LEAF_BLOCKS CLUSTERING_FACTOR
-------------------- --------------------------- --- --- --------- -------- ---------- ----------- -----------------
SYS_AI_4k4mkgkw049ht FUNCTION-BASED NORMAL       YES NO  VISIBLE   VALID      10000000       43104           2136839

SQL> select index_name, column_name, column_position
from user_ind_columns where table_name='DAVID' order by index_name, column_position;

INDEX_NAME           COLUMN_NAME          COLUMN_POSITION
-------------------- -------------------- ---------------
SYS_AI_4k4mkgkw049ht UPPER_NAME                         1

 

If we now re-run the SQL query:

SQL> select * from david where upper_name='DAVID BOWIE 4242';

1 row selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1447691372

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                            | Name                 | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |                      |    1 |   200 |       4 (0) | 00:00:01 |
|  1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | DAVID                |    1 |   200 |       4 (0) | 00:00:01 |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                   | SYS_AI_4k4mkgkw049ht |    1 |       |       3 (0) | 00:00:01 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

2 - access("UPPER_NAME"='DAVID BOWIE 4242')

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
          5 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1334 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        377 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

The CBO now uses the new Automatic Index to significantly improve the performance of the query.

So not only is using a user defined Virtual Column a cleaner solution with respect to the frequent use of a function-based expressions, but has the added advantage of being supported with Automatic Indexing.