Oracle Open World 2017 Wrap Up!

Thanks to all the customers, Oracle Aces, Development Champions and partners that made this year’s Open World an amazing event!

The conference was four, jam-packed days of great technical sessions and interesting discussions especially around the new Autonomous Database.

I was lucky enough to be present three sessions at this year’s event with two great co-speakers @dominic_giles and @GeraldVenzl . We’ve uploaded all of the slides, which are now publicly available on the Oracle Open World session catalog.

Simply click on the download arrow on the right hand side of each catalog entry to get a copy of the slides.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to collect a SQLMaria sticker. I’ll have more stickers at the East Coast Oracle Users Conference in November and at the UKOUG Technology Conference in December.

 

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Day 4 of Oracle Open World 2017

It’s the last day of Oracle OpenWorld and we have saved the very best for last. So hopefully you are still awake and functioning at this stage!

You can start the day off at 12 noon in Moscone West, room 3020 with the Maria & Gerald Venzl show! In this session we will share the Oracle Database Features Every Developer Should Know About. Using clear, easy to follow examples we will explain how you can put these features to work in whatever project you are doing.

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Day 3 of Oracle OpenWorld 2017

Hopefully you enjoyed yesterday, the second full day of technical sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and are ready for more today!

At 11:30 am today I give my first technical session, with the wonder Dominic Giles of Swingbench fame!

Dom and I will be talking about the Oracle Database & the Internet of Things in Moscone West, room 3011. In this session we will provide step-by-step instructions for deploying a high-ingest, mission critical IoT workload on Oracle D atabase. There will be even some demos to proving the impact of each recommendations. So don’t missing it!

You can also get a SQLMaria laptop sticker at the session!

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Day 2 of Oracle Open World 2017

Oracle OpenWorld started yesterday and San Francisco is just buzzing with Oracle folks and the excitement generated by the new Oracle Autonomous Database announcements made by Larry Ellison during last night’s keynote!

If you are interested in more information on the Autonomous Database and how it’s changing the roll of the DBA, be sure to check out the “Preview of Oracle Autonomous Database” that Juan Loaiza‘s and I will present on Wednesday at 3:30pm in Moscone West,  room 3014.

But what about session picks for today?

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Day 1 of Oracle OpenWorld 2017

The biggest day of the Oracle calendar has arrived.

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 officially starts today!

The show kicks off with ton’s of great technical sessions selected by the Oracle User Groups including several great sessions on Oracle Database 12c, Data Management and Database In-Memory.

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Harnessing the Power of Optimizer Hints

Last week I was lucky enough to have participated in the Trivadis Performance Days 2017 conference and several people have asked if I would share the slides from one of my sessions.

The session in question was called “Harnessing the power of optimizer hints”.  Although I am not a strong supporter of adding hints to SQL statements for a whole host of reasons, from time to time, it may become necessary to influence the plan the Optimizer chooses.

The most powerful way to alter the plan chosen is via Optimizer hints. But knowing when and how to use Optimizer hints correctly is somewhat of a dark art.

In this session I explained how Optimizer hints are interpreted, when and where they should be used, and why they sometimes appear to be ignored.

Be warned this session won’t make your a hinting master over night and I’m not advocating you should try and hint every problematic SQL statement you encounter!

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Oracle OpenWorld 2017 – Time to plan your schedule

 

There’s only a month to go until Oracle Open Worldthe largest gathering of Oracle customers, partners, developers, and technology enthusiasts, which begins on October 1st in San Francisco. Of course the database development groups will be there and you will have multiple opportunities to meet the teams, in one of our 456 technical sessions, or at the Oracle Database demogrounds (The EXchange).

This year there are a couple of new things I want to bring to your attention as well highlighting some of the sessions I think you should consider checking out!

First up, locations!

All of the Oracle Database technical sessions will take place in Moscone West this year, rather than Moscone South, since parts of it are still under construction.  You will also find the Database Demogrounds on the ground floor of Moscone West.

Speaking of the demoground, it has a new name this year, The EXchange and it has a new look too. You will find a dedicated developers lounge, where you can meet the experts, take a workshop or grab a beer. We will also have mini-theaters in demoground area, so stay tuned for more details on what sessions will happen there closer to the event.

The Database Hands-on-Labs also have a new location this year. They are going to be at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Lobby Level). The map below will tells you where to find everything you will need (right click on the map to open it in a new tab if you want a bigger image).

Now that the full searchable OOW catalog is available on-line, it’s time to start planning your schedule!

I’ve put together a short list of my top 4 sessions for each day that I’m hoping to attend to give you a little inspiration!

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Controlling where objects are populated into memory on RAC

Last week I spent some time beta testing Oracle Database 12c RAC on docker (more on this in a future post) and decided to take a trip down memory lane and play around with Oracle Database In-Memory.

One of the things I looked at was the new FOR SERVICE sub-clause of the INMEMORY DISTRIBUTE clause.

ALTER TABLE customers INMEMORY PRIORITY HIGH DISTRIBUTE FOR SERVICE IM1;

This new sub-clause allows you to control exactly where an object (table or partition) is populated into memory in a RAC environment based on where a database service is allowed to run. If the service is stopped then the objects distributed for that service are automatically removed from the IM column store(s).

If you recall each RAC node has it’s own In-Memory column store (IM column store). By default, when a table is populated into memory in a RAC environment it will be automatically distributed across all of the IM column stores in the cluster. That is to say, a piece of the table will appear in each RAC node, effectively making the IM column store a shared-nothing architecture.

This is not always desirable, especially if you only run certain applications or workloads on a subset of RAC node.

The video below demonstrates how to use the new syntax and what gv$ performances views you should look at to monitor what is going on in the IM column store in a RAC environment. You’ll find a copy of the script I used in the video at the bottom of this post.

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Using DBMS_XPLAN.DISPLAY_CURSOR to examine Execution Plans

In last week’s post I described how to use SQL Monitor to determine what is happening during the execution of long running SQL statements. Shortly after the post went up, I got some requests on both social media and via the blog comments asking, “If it is possible to get the same information from a traditional text based execution plan, as not everyone has access to SQL Monitor?”.

The answer is yes, it is possible to see a lot of the information showed in SQL Monitor by viewing the execution plan via the DBMS_XPLAN.DISPLAY_CURSOR function. In order to call this function you will need SELECT or READ privilege on the fixed views V$SQL_PLAN_STATISTICS_ALL, V$SQL and V$SQL_PLAN, otherwise you’ll get an error message.

The DBMS_XPLAN.DISPLAY_CURSOR function takes three parameters:

  1. SQL ID – default null, means the last SQL statement executed in this session
  2. CURSOR_CHILD_NO – default 0
  3. FORMAT – Controls the level of details that will be displayed in the execution plan, default TYPICAL.

The video below demonstrates how you can use the FORMAT parameter within the DBMS_XPLAN.DISPLAY_CURSOR function to show you information about a what’s happened during an execution plan including the bind variable values used, the actual number of rows returned by each step, and how much time was spent on each step.

Under the video you will find all of the commands used, so you can cut and paste them easily.

How do I see the actual number of rows and elapse time for each step in the plan?

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Getting the most out of Oracle SQL Monitor

I’m often asked what is the best tool for viewing execution plans and for me the answer is always SQL Monitor (included in the Oracle Tuning Pack). It really is the most invaluable tool if you need to determine what is happening during the execution of any long running SQL statements.

In order to help you get the very most out of using SQL Monitor, I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks I‘ve learnt over the years from the original Database Manageability team, especially Cecilia Grant!

So, why do I love it so much?

There are so many reasons to love SQL Monitor; it’s hard for me to know where to begin. So, instead of giving you an exhaustive list I’ve put together a short video to demonstrate how I use SQL Monitor (be sure to set your resolution to 720p).

How do I control what statements are monitored?

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