Flushing Shared Pool Does Not Slow Its Growth

I’m still working on resolving the issues caused by bug 13914613.

Oracle support recommended that we apply a parameter change to resolve the issue but that change requires us to bounce the database  and I was looking for a resolution that does not need a bounce.  The bug caused very bad shared pool latch waits when the automatic memory management feature of our database expanded the shared pool.  Oracle support recommending setting _enable_shared_pool_durations=false and I verified that changing this parameter requires a bounce.  It is a big hassle to bounce this database because of the application so I thought that I might try flushing the shared pool on a regular basis so the automatic memory management would not need to keep increasing the size of the shared pool.  The shared pool was growing in size because we have a lot of SQL statements without bind variables.  So, I did a test and in my test flushing the shared pool did not slow the growth of the shared pool.

Here is a zip of the scripts I used for this test and their outputs: zip

I set the shared pool to a small value so it was more likely to grow and I created a script to run many different sql statements that don’t use bind variables:

spool runselects.sql

select 'select * from dual where dummy=''s'
from dba_objects;

spool off


So, the queries looked like this:

select * from dual where dummy='s0818111';
select * from dual where dummy='s0818112';
select * from dual where dummy='s0818113';
select * from dual where dummy='s0818114';
select * from dual where dummy='s0818115';
select * from dual where dummy='s0818116';
select * from dual where dummy='s0818117';

I ran these for an hour and tested three different configurations.  The first two did not use the _enable_shared_pool_durations=false setting and the last did.  The first test was a baseline that showed the growth of the shared pool without flushing the shared pool.  The second test including a flush of the shared pool every minute.  The last run included the parameter change and no flush of the shared pool.  I queried V$SGA_RESIZE_OPS after each test to see how many times the shared pool grew.  Here is the query:

to_char(start_time,'dd-mon hh24:mi:ss') Started, 
to_char(end_time,'dd-mon hh24:mi:ss') Ended 
where component='shared pool'
order by start_time,end_time;

Here are the results.

Baseline – no flush, no parameter change:

--------- ----------- --------------- ---------------
GROW      150,994,944 18-jun 05:03:54 18-jun 05:03:54
GROW      134,217,728 18-jun 05:03:54 18-jun 05:03:54
STATIC    117,440,512 18-jun 05:03:54 18-jun 05:03:54
GROW      167,772,160 18-jun 05:04:36 18-jun 05:04:36
GROW      184,549,376 18-jun 05:47:38 18-jun 05:47:38

Flush every minute, no parameter change:

--------- ----------- --------------- ---------------
GROW      134,217,728 18-jun 06:09:15 18-jun 06:09:15
GROW      150,994,944 18-jun 06:09:15 18-jun 06:09:15
STATIC    117,440,512 18-jun 06:09:15 18-jun 06:09:15
GROW      167,772,160 18-jun 06:09:59 18-jun 06:09:59
GROW      184,549,376 18-jun 06:22:26 18-jun 06:22:26
GROW      201,326,592 18-jun 06:42:29 18-jun 06:42:29
GROW      218,103,808 18-jun 06:47:29 18-jun 06:47:29

Parameter change, no flush:

--------- ------------ --------------- ---------------
STATIC     117,440,512 18-jun 07:16:09 18-jun 07:16:09
GROW       134,217,728 18-jun 07:16:18 18-jun 07:16:18

So, at least in this test – which I have run only twice – flushing the shared pool if anything makes the growth of the shared pool worse.  But, changing the parameter seems to lock it in.

– Bobby

About Bobby

I live in Chandler, Arizona with my wife and three daughters. I work for US Foods, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. I've been working as an Oracle database administrator and PeopleSoft administrator since 1994. I'm very interested in Oracle performance tuning.
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