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Diving Into the Shared Pool - An In Depth Look at Tuning the Shared Pool (Part 1)

Oracle Tips by Mike Ault

Putting it All In Perspective

The thing to notice about the graphs in Figure 13 is the overall trend of the performance indicator between day 1 and day 2. On day 1 (the day with an initial flush as indicated by the steep plunge on the pool utilization graph followed by the buildup to maximum and the flattening of the graph) the performance indicator shows an upward trend. The performance indicator is a measure of how long the database takes to do a specific set of tasks (from the Q Diagnostic tool from Savant Corporation). Therefore an increase in the performance indicator indicates a net decrease in performance. On day 2 the overall trend is downward with the average value less than the average value from day 1. Overall the flushing improved the performance as indicated by the performance indicator by 10 to 20 percent. Depending on the environment I have seen improvements of up to 40-50 percent.

One thing that made the analysis difficult was that on day 2 there were several large batch jobs run which weren’t run on day 1.  The results still show that flushing has a positive effect on performance when the database is a mixed SQL environment with a large percentage of non-reusable SQL areas.

Guideline 3 also brings up an interesting point, you may already have over allocated the shared pool, in this case guideline 3 may result in you decreasing the size of the shared pool. In this situation the shared pool has become a cesspool filled with nothing but garbage SQL. After allocating enough memory for dictionary objects and other fixed areas and ensuring that the standard packages and such are pinned, you should only maintain a few megabytes above and beyond this level of memory for SQL statements. Since none of the code is being reused you want to reduce the hash search overhead as much as possible, you do this by reducing the size of the available SQL area memory so as few a number of statements are kept as possible.


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