Oracle Exadata

Exadata Join Offloading in Action

One of the biggest selling features of Oracle’s flagship engineered system – Exadata – is the storage offloading capabilities. Storage offloading allows data to be filtered as soon as it is read from storage, reducing the amount of data that database hosts need to process. The storage layer is a shared-nothing MPP architecture and in…

Set Up Exadata for Cloud Control

I recently helped setup an Exadata X2-8 Database Machine with the latest version of OEM Cloud Countrol ( A few documents do exist for this process. However I found a few inconsistencies and problems; I think the existing documents I found were written on older versions of OEM and older versions of the tools. I’m publishing my final procedure here with hopes that it helps you, but as always please cross-reference this with the appropriate documentation before doing anything in your own environment.

Temporary Tablespaces: to BIGFILE or Not to BIGFILE

The environment was an Exadata environment undergoing pre-production stress testing. We used Real Application Testing to take a highly-concurrent OLTP workload, and replayed the workload with the synchronization parameter set to FALSE, effectively increasing concurrency beyond the original test system. AWR showed a large volume of buffer busy activity.

Select Statement Generating Redo and Other Mysteries of Exadata

Like many good stories, this one also started with an innocent question from customer: “I often check “SELECT COUNT(*) FROM TABLE;” on our old cluster and the new Exadata. The Exadata is slower than our old cluster by few minutes. Exadata is not good at count(*) ? or other problem?” Here’s how I fixed it.

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