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Announcement: Dates Confirmed For Upcoming Webinars (“Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”) May 19, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, 21c New Features, Index Internals, Index Internals Seminar, Indexing Myth, Oracle, Oracle 21c, Oracle General, Oracle Index Seminar, Oracle Indexes, Oracle Indexing Internals Webinar, Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning Webinar, Oracle19c, Performance Tuning, Performance Tuning Webinar, Richard Foote Seminars, Webinar.
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As promised last week, I have now finalised the dates for my upcoming webinars.

They will be run as follows:

Oracle Indexing Internals Webinar: 18-22 July 2022 (between 09:00 GMT and 13:00 GMT daily)

Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning Webinar: 8-11 August 2022 (between 09:00 GMT and 13:00 GMT daily)

I’ll detail costings and how to register for these events in the coming days.

 

There is already quite a waiting list for both of these webinars and so I anticipate available places will likely go quickly. Sorry to all those who have been waiting for so long and thank you for your patience. Please note for those on the waiting list, I already have places reserved for you.

It’s highly likely these will be the last time I’ll ever run these highly acclaimed training events (yes, I’m getting old)…

So don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn important skills in how to improve the performance and scalability of both your Oracle based applications and backend Oracle databases, in the comfort of your own home or office.

Read below a brief synopsis of each webinar:

Oracle Indexing Internals

Indexes are fundamental to every Oracle database and are crucial for optimal performance. However, there’s an incredible amount of misconception, misunderstanding and pure myth regarding how Oracle indexes function and should be maintained. Many applications and databases are suboptimal and run inefficiently primarily because an inappropriate indexing strategy has been implemented.

This seminar examines most available Oracle index structures/options and discusses in considerable detail how indexes function, how/when they should be used and how they should be maintained. A key component of the seminar is how indexes are costed and evaluated by the Cost Based Optimizer (CBO) and how appropriate data management practices are vital for an effective indexing strategy. It also covers many useful tips and strategies to maximise the benefits of indexes on application/database performance and scalability, as well as in maximising Oracle database investments. Much of the material is exclusive to this seminar and is not generally available in Oracle documentation or in Oracle University courses.

For full details, see: https://richardfooteconsulting.com/indexing-seminar/

 

Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning

This is a must attend webinar aimed at Oracle professionals (both DBAs and Developers) who are interested in Performance Tuning.  The webinar details how to maximise the performance of both Oracle databases and associated applications and how to diagnose and address any performance issues as quickly and effectively as possible.

When an application suddenly runs “slow” or when people start complaining about the “poor performance” of the database, there’s often some uncertainty in how to most quickly and most accurately determine the “root” cause of any such slowdown and effectively address any associated issues. In this seminar, we explore a Tuning Methodology that helps Oracle professionals to both quickly and reliably determine the actual causes of performance issues and so ensure the effectiveness of any applied resolutions.

Looking at a number of real world scenarios and numerous actual examples and test cases, this webinar will show participants how to confidently and reliably diagnose performance issues. The webinar explores in much detail the various diagnostics tools and reports available in Oracle to assist in determining any database performance issue and importantly WHEN and HOW to effectively use each approach. Additionally, participants are also invited to share their own database/SQL reports, where we can apply the principles learnt in diagnosing the performance of their actual databases/applications.

One of the more common reasons for poor Oracle performance is inefficient or poorly running SQL. This seminar explores in much detail how SQL is executed within the Oracle database, the various issues and related concepts important in understanding why SQL might be inefficient and the many capabilities and features Oracle has in helping to both resolve SQL performance issues and to maintain the stability and reliability of SQL execution.

It’s a fun, but intense, content rich webinar that is suitable for people of all experiences (from beginners to seasoned Oracle experts).

For full details, see: https://richardfooteconsulting.com/performance-tuning-seminar/

 

Keep an eye out in the coming days on costings and how to register for these events.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact me at richard@richardfooteconsulting.com

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: 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…

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.

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Function-Based Indexes? (No Plan) February 4, 2021

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Exadata, Function Based Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Cloud, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Virtual Columns.
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I previously discussed how Automatic Indexing only currently supports Equality based predicates.

The question I have today is does Automatic Indexing support function-based indexes? Let’s take a look.

The below DAVID table has the key column NAME which is an effectively unique VARCHAR2 column:

SQL> create table david (id number, code number, name varchar2(42), more_stuff1 varchar2(42), more_stuff2 varchar2(42), more_stuff3 varchar2(42), more_stuff4 varchar2(42), more_stuff5 varchar2(42), more_stuff6 varchar2(42), more_stuff7 varchar2(42), more_stuff8 varchar2(42), more_stuff9 varchar2(42), more_stuff10 varchar2(42));

Table created.

SQL> insert into david select rownum, mod(rownum, 10000)+1, 'David Bowie '|| rownum, 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Ziggy Stardust', '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', estimate_percent=>null);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

If we look at the current details of the table columns:

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

COLUMN_NAME          NUM_DISTINCT    DENSITY HISTOGRAM
-------------------- ------------ ---------- ---------------
NAME                     10000000          0 HYBRID
MORE_STUFF9                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF8                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF7                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF6                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF5                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF4                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF3                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF2                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF10                    1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF1                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
ID                       10000000          0 HYBRID
CODE                        10000      .0001 HYBRID

We notice the same oddity of my previous post that all columns have histograms…

Let’s run the following query with an UPPER function-based predicate that returns only the one row:

SQL> select * from david where upper(name) = 'DAVID BOWIE 4242';

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

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name  | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time      |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |       | 100K |   17M |    3350 (6) | 00:00:01  |
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | DAVID | 100K |   17M |    3350 (6) | 00:00:01  |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

1 - storage(UPPER("NAME")='DAVID BOWIE 4242')
    filter(UPPER("NAME")='DAVID BOWIE 4242')

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
       1256 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        381 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

What does Automatic Indexing make of this scenario?

Basically, it does nothing. Currently, Automatic Indexing does NOT support such function-based indexes, even with equality based predicates (as of at least version 19.5.0.0.0). If we look at the next Automatic Indexing report:

SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Index candidates           : 0
Indexes created            : 0
Space used                 : 0 B
Indexes dropped            : 0
SQL statements verified    : 2
SQL statements improved    : 0
SQL plan baselines created : 0
Overall improvement factor : 0x
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

No such function-based index is ever created by Automatic Indexing:

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

no rows selected

To improve the performance of this query, one has to manually create the necessary function-based index:

SQL> create index david_upper_name_i on david(upper(name));

Index created.

If we now re-run the query:

SQL> select name from david where upper(name) = 'DAVID BOWIE 4242';

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 2675555529

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                           | Name               | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                    |                    |  100K | 4199K |    3175 (1) | 00:00:01 |
|  1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | DAVID              |  100K | 4199K |    3175 (1) | 00:00:01 |
|* 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN                    | DAVID_UPPER_NAME_I | 40000 |       |       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
        369 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        384 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

The query now uses the function-based index to significantly improve the performance of this query, with just 5 consistent gets.

Note however as with all function-based indexes, by default the estimated cardinality estimate and associated CBO costs are way off (100K rows are estimated, not the 1 row that is actually returned). This is due to the CBO having no real idea of the number and distribution of values coming out of the “black box” function-based predicate.

This is why Oracle automatically creates an hidden virtual column by which to store the necessary statistics associated to the function (in this case the SYS_NC00014$ column):

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

COLUMN_NAME          NUM_DISTINCT    DENSITY HISTOGRAM
-------------------- ------------ ---------- ---------------
NAME                     10000000          0 HYBRID
MORE_STUFF9                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF8                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF7                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF6                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF5                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF4                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF3                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF2                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF10                    1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF1                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
ID                       10000000          0 HYBRID
CODE                        10000      .0001 HYBRID
SYS_NC00014$                                 NONE

But we need to first collect statistics on this hidden virtual column for the statistics to be populated:

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_table_stats(ownname=>null, tabname=>'DAVID', no_invalidate=> false, method_opt=> 'FOR ALL HIDDEN COLUMNS SIZE 1');

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

COLUMN_NAME          NUM_DISTINCT    DENSITY HISTOGRAM
-------------------- ------------ ---------- ---------------
NAME                     10000000          0 HYBRID
MORE_STUFF9                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF8                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF7                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF6                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF5                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF4                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF3                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF2                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF10                    1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
MORE_STUFF1                     1  .00000005 FREQUENCY
ID                       10000000          0 HYBRID
CODE                        10000      .0001 HYBRID
SYS_NC00014$              9947366          0 HYBRID

Now the CBO has the necessary statistics by which to determine a much more accurate cardinality estimate for the function-based predicate and so potentially a more efficient execution plan:

SQL> select * from david where upper(name) = 'DAVID BOWIE 4242';

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 2675555529

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 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                    | DAVID_UPPER_NAME_I |    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
----------------------------------------------------------
          1 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
          5 consistent gets
          0 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1256 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        381 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
          1 rows processed

With the virtual column statistics in place, the CBO now has the cardinality estimate of 1 and associated costs spot on, which is always a good thing.

This requirement to collect the necessary statistics on the associated virtual column created as a result of the function-based index to ensure the index is costed and used effectively is perhaps but one reason why function-based indexes are currently not supported by Automatic Indexing.

As always, this can always change in the future…

Oracle Database 19c Automatic Indexing: Invisible Indexes Oddity (Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud) February 3, 2021

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Automatic Table Statistics, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Clustering Factor, Exadata, Histograms, Invisible Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Cloud, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle Statistics, Oracle19c.
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There have been a couple of “oddities” in relation to both Oracle Autonomous Databases and Automatic Indexing behaviour that I’ve seen frequently enough now (on Oracle 19.5.0.0.0) to make it worth a quick blog article.

The following is a simple test case that highlights both these issues. I’ll begin with a basic table, that has the key column CODE with a selectivity that would likely make it too expensive to be accessed via an associated index.

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.

Importantly, I’ll next collect statistics on this table using all the default attributes, including allowing Oracle to decide the merits of any column histogram:

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

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

Note I’ve yet to run a single query against this table. And yet, if we look at the details of each of these columns:

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

All the columns have a histogram !! This despite the columns not meeting either criteria normally required for a histogram, that the column be used in a SQL predicate AND for the column to have an uneven distribution of values.

None of these columns have yet to be used in a filtering predicate and none of these columns have a uneven distribution of values, even the CODE column as highlighted by looking at the minimum and maximum number of occurrences:

SQL> select min(code_count), max(code_count) from (select count(*) code_count from pink_floyd group by code);

MIN(CODE_COUNT) MAX(CODE_COUNT)
--------------- ---------------
           1845            2163

So it’s very odd for these histograms to be present.

If we run the following query with a filtering predicate based on the CODE column:

SQL> select * from pink_floyd where code=42;

2012 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1152280033

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name       | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time      |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |            | 2068 | 82720 |    844 (11) | 00:00:01  |
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | PINK_FLOYD | 2068 | 82720 |    844 (11) | 00:00:01  |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      63655 consistent gets
      63645 physical reads
          0 redo size
      38575 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        360 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
       2012 rows processed

The CBO currently has no choice but to use a FTS with no index currently present. But what will Automatic Indexing make of things? If we look at the next automatic indexing report:

 

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

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

INDEX DETAILS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following indexes were created:
*: invisible
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Owner | Table      | Index                  | Key  | Type   | Properties |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
| BOWIE | PINK_FLOYD | * SYS_AI_dp2t0j12zux49 | CODE | B-TREE | NONE       |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

We notice that Oracle has created an Automatic Index, but it’s an INVISIBLE index !!

If we look at the details of this Automatic Index:

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

INDEX_NAME                AUT CON VISIBILIT COMPRESSION   STATUS     NUM_ROWS LEAF_BLOCKS CLUSTERING_FACTOR
------------------------- --- --- --------- ------------- -------- ---------- ----------- -----------------
SYS_AI_dp2t0j12zux49      YES NO  INVISIBLE ADVANCED LOW  VALID      10000000       15369           9845256

The index is in an INVISIBLE/VALID state, not the usual INVISIBLE/UNUSABLE state for an index for which Automatic Indexing decides an index is not efficient enough to be implement.

This is NOT expected behaviour.

Usually INVISIBLE/VALID indexes are created when Automatic Indexing is in “REPORT ONLY” mode, although I have come across this scenario when statistics are stale or missing. But in this case, Automatic Indexing is in “IMPLEMENT” mode and the table has recently collected statistics, albeit with odd histograms present (hence why I think these issues to be related).

If we run the same query again:

SQL> select * from pink_floyd where code=42;

2012 rows selected.

Execution Plan
----------------------------------------------------------
Plan hash value: 1152280033

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                 | Name       | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time      |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT          |            | 2068 | 82720 |    844 (11) | 00:00:01  |
|* 1 | TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | PINK_FLOYD | 2068 | 82720 |    844 (11) | 00:00:01  |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

Statistics
----------------------------------------------------------
          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      63655 consistent gets
      63645 physical reads
          0 redo size
      38575 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
        360 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
       2012 rows processed

The CBO has again no option but to use the FTS as Invisible indexes can not be considered by the CBO. However, it’s important to note that such an index would not be used by the CBO anyways as it would be deemed too expensive to use than the current FTS.

If you’re relying on Automatic Indexing and have it in Implement mode, I would recommend checking for any indexes in this INVISIBLE/VALID state as they’re an indication that something has very likely gone wrong…

Oracle Database 19c Automatic Indexing: Index Compression Update (New Morning) January 27, 2021

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Advanced Index Compression, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION, Exadata, Index Column Order, Index Compression, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c.
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I was reminded in a recent comment by Rajeshwaran Jeyabal that I hadn’t updated my post on Automatic Indexing with Advanced Compression that’s in need of a couple of amendments.

Initially when Automatic Indexing was released, the ability to set Advanced Compression was NOT included in the official documentation, although the EXEC DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.CONFIGURE( ‘AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION‘ , ‘ON’); option was readily accessible. This has now been fixed and the associated doco on setting Advanced Compression for Automatic Indexes can be found here.

The other significant change is that Advanced Compression Low is now the default behaviour when Automatic Indexes are created in the Oracle ATP Autonomous Database Cloud environment. This makes sense in that if you have access to the Advanced Compression option, setting all indexes to Advanced Compression Low is the no-brainer setting as I’ve discussed previously. So several of my more recent posts show how Automatic Indexes have been created with Advanced Compression Low set.

What hasn’t changed however is how Automatic Indexing does NOT consider the efficiency of an index in relation to Index Compression when deciding how to order the columns within the index.

The default order of columns within an index (when other SQL predicates are not a consideration) is simply the order by which the columns appear within the table. Even though an index could be significantly smaller thanks to Index Compression if columns with more repeated values are ordered first within an index, this is not something Automatic Indexing currently considers.

The demo in my original piece still works exactly the same in the current 19c database versions of the ATP Autonomous Cloud environments. Manually created indexes can be significantly smaller if index columns are reordered or dropped entirely if they don’t provide filtering benefits.

When reading my blog, please do take note of the date of blog piece, especially in relation to Automatic Indexing. Things are only accurate as at time of publication and may change subsequently.

I thank Rajeshwaran for getting me to pull my finger out and update my blog accordingly…