In 1990, when Ken Jacobs hosted the RDBMS campground talks at the Anaheim International Oracle User Week appreciation event, one of the topic areas was whether we (some users representing the Very Large DataBases VLDB of the Oracle world which meant anything north of about 7 GB back then) thought that the rule based optimizer (RBO) was good enough, or whether we needed a cost based optimizer (CBO) for the real applications we were running at enterprise scale to work well. “Oracle’s optimizer is like Mary Poppins. It’s practically perfect in every way. But we do have some cases where it would be helpful for the optimizer to consider the relative sizes of tables and whether a table was local or remote when the plan for joining and filtering is constructed.
I’m very keen on the 11g extended stats feature, but I’ve just discovered a critical weakness in one of the implementation details that could lead to some surprising instability in execution plans. It’s a combination of “column group” statistics and “out of range” predicates. Let’s start with some sample data. (Note: I was running this test on 184.108.40.206):
create table t1 as with generator as ( select --+ materialize rownum id from dual connect by level <= 10000 ) select mod(rownum,100) col1, mod(rownum,10) col2 from generator v1, generator v2 where rownum <= 50000 ; begin dbms_stats.gather_table_stats( ownname => user, tabname =>'T1', method_opt => 'for all columns size 1' ); end; /
Oracle 11g added Extended Statistics support for column groups in order to detect correlated columns for filter predicates using an equal comparison.
Note that Oracle 11g also added the ability to use the number of distinct keys of a composite index as an upper limit for the cardinality estimates for matching column predicates, which means that the optimizer is now capable of detecting correlated columns without the explicit addition of Extended Statistics / Column Groups.
Oracle 11.2 introduced a set of new Query Transformations, among others the ability to coalesce subqueries which means that multiple correlated subqueries can be merged into a number of less subqueries.
Timur Akhmadeev already demonstrated the basic principles in a blog entry, but when I was recently involved into supporting a TPC-H benchmark for a particular storage vendor I saw a quite impressive application of this optimization that I would like to share here.
Just like my posting on an index hash, this posting is about a problem as well as being about a hash join. The article has its roots in a question posted on the OTN database forum, where a user has shown us the following execution plan:
Listening to a presentation by Paul Matuszyk on extended statistics yesterday, I learned something that I should have spotted ages ago. Here’s a little demo script to introduce the point:
create table t1 as with generator as ( select --+ materialize rownum id from dual connect by level <= 1000) select rownum id, mod(rownum,100) n1, mod(rownum,100) n2, mod(rownum,100) n3, lpad(rownum,10,'0') small_vc, rpad('x',100) padding from generator v1, generator v2 where rownum <= 1000000; create index t1_i1 on t1(n1, n2, n3); -- collect stats, no histograms.
Here is an odd little bug that was discussed a couple of weeks ago on the OTN forums.
It's about queries on join views by ROWID that fail with "ORA-01410: invalid ROWID" under certain circumstances. The bug can only be reproduced when using the 11.2 code base. In fact the same setup will cause an internal error in 11.1, but 10.2 will return correct results.
It's probably not a very common scenario but it is an interesting example of how features that work fine by themselves can cause problems when used together.
First of all (hopefully) some of you may ask: How is it possible to query from a join view by ROWID, since the view is based on multiple objects and hence doesn't have a simple one-to-one mapping to a ROWID of a single table?
My note on “NOT IN” subqueries is one of the most popular on my blog, staying in the top 5 hits for the last five years – but it’s getting a bit old, so it’s about time I said something new about “NOT IN” – especially since the Null Aware Anti Join has been around such a long time. The example I want to talk about is, as so often, something that came up as a problem on a customer site. Here’s a bit of SQL to model the situation, which is currently running under Oracle 220.127.116.11:
There is a lot more to say about Dynamic Sampling and indexes, and I'll try to cover these basics in my Dynamic Sampling series on AllThingsOracle.com, but two recent discussions on the OTN forums and on Charles Hooper's blog prompted me to publish this blog post.
These discussions revolved around the following issues with Dynamic Sampling and indexes:
1. CREATE INDEX On Empty Table
A couple of weeks ago I posted a reference list of links to the bug fix notes for several of the most recent versions of Oracle - and several of the links recorded a surprisingly large number of clicks very rapidly, especially the 18.104.22.168 link. As a follow-up on the difficulties of upgrading, then, and with an insight into the number of enhancements and fixes to the optimizer that take place I decided to take a look at recent developments in the “fix control” list, and the “optimizer environment” parameters. Here’s a breakdown of the number of entries in recent versions of Oracle.