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Explaining the Explain Plan

‡ The goal of this session to provide you with a guide for reading SQL execution plans and to help you determine if that plan is what you should be expecting ‡ This session will not provide you with sudden enlightenment making you an Optimizer expert or give you the power to tune SQL statements with the flick of your wrist!

‡ What is an execution plan and how to generate one ‡ What is a good plan for the optimizer ‡ Understanding execution plans
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Cardinality Access paths Join order Join type Partitioning pruning Parallelism

‡ Execution plan examples

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What is an execution plan and how to generate one

What is an Execution plan? ‡ Execution plans show the detailed steps necessary to execute a SQL statement ‡ These steps are expressed as a set of database operators that consumes and produces rows ‡ The order of the operators and their implementation is decided by the optimizer using a combination of query transformations and physical optimization techniques ‡ The display is commonly shown in a tabular format. but a plan is in fact tree-shaped .

products p WHERE p. Tabular representation of plan ----------------------------------------------------------Id Operation Name ----------------------------------------------------------0 SELECT STATEMENT 1 HASH GROUP BY 2 HASH JOIN 3 TABLE ACCESS FULL PRODUCTS 4 PARTITION RANGE ALL 5 TABLE ACCESS FULL SALES ---------------------------------------------------------- Tree-shaped representation of plan GROUP BY | JOIN _______|_______ | TABLE ACCESS PRODUCTS | TABLE ACCESS SALES .prod_id GROUP BY prod_category. avg(amount_sold) FROM sales s.prod_id = s.What is an Execution plan? Query SELECT prod_category.

How to get an Execution Plan Two methods for looking at the execution plan 1.V$SQL_PLAN ‡ A dictionary view introduced in Oracle 9i that shows the execution plan for a SQL statement that has been compiled into a cursor in the cursor cache Use DBMS_XPLAN package to display plans Under certain conditions the plan shown with EXPLAIN PLAN can be different from the plan shown using V$SQL_PLAN .EXPLAIN PLAN command ‡ Displays an execution plan for a SQL statement without actually executing the statement 2.

prod_id = s. avg(amount_sold) FROM sales s.display function SQL> EXPLAIN PLAN FOR SELECT prod_category. -----------------------------------------Id Operation Name -----------------------------------------0 SELECT STATEMENT 1 HASH GROUP BY 2 HASH JOIN 3 TABLE ACCESS FULL PRODUCTS 4 PARTITION RANGE ALL 5 TABLE ACCESS FULL SALES ------------------------------------------- .'basic')).display('plan_table'.null. products p WHERE p.How to get an Execution Plan Example 1 EXPLAIN PLAN command & dbms_xplan.prod_id GROUP BY prod_category. Explained SQL> SELECT plan_table_output FROM table(dbms_xplan.

display_cursor(null.How to get an Execution Plan Example 2 Generate & display execution plan for the last SQL stmts executed in a session SQL>SELECT prod_category. -----------------------------------------Id Operation Name -----------------------------------------0 SELECT STATEMENT 1 HASH GROUP BY 2 HASH JOIN 3 TABLE ACCESS FULL PRODUCTS 4 PARTITION RANGE ALL 5 TABLE ACCESS FULL SALES ------------------------------------------- .'basic')).null. avg(amount_sold) FROM sales s.prod_id GROUP BY prod_category. products p WHERE p.prod_id = s. no rows selected SQL> SELECT plan_table_output FROM table(dbms_xplan.

Indirectly: SQL> SELECT plan_table_output FROM v$sql s.How to get an Execution Plan Example 3 Displaying execution plan for any other statement from V$SQL_PLAN 1. TABLE(dbms_xplan. Note More information on www.'basic')) .com .child_number. 2.blogspot. 'basic')) t WHERE s.Directly: SQL> SELECT plan_table_output FROM table(dbms_xplan.null.optimizermagic.display_cursor('fnrtqw9c233tt'.display_cursor(s.sql_text like 'select PROD_CATEGORY%'.sql_id.s.

DISPLAY takes 3 parameters ‡ plan table name (default 'PLAN_TABLE').DBMS_XPLAN parameters ‡ DBMS_XPLAN. ‡ Child number (default 0). ‡ format (default 'TYPICAL') ‡ DBMS_XPLAN. ‡ format (default 'TYPICAL') ‡ Format is highly customizable ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Basic Typical All Additional low level parameters show more detail .DISPLAY_CURSOR takes 3 parameters ‡ SQL_ID (default last statement executed in this session). ‡ statement_id (default null).

<Insert Picture Here> What is a good plan for the optimizer .

the better Two fundamental questions: ‡ What is cost? ‡ What is performance? .What¶s a Good Plan for the Optimizer? The Optimizer has two different goals ‡ Serial execution: It¶s all about cost ‡ The cheaper. the better ‡ Parallel execution: it¶s all about performance ‡ The faster.

What is Cost? ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ A magically number the optimizer makes up? Resources required to execute a SQL statement? Result of complex calculations? Estimate of how long it will take to execute a statement? Actual Definition ‡ Cost represents units of work or resources used ‡ Optimizer uses CPU & memory usage plus IO as units of work ‡ Cost is an estimate of the amount of CPU and memory plus the number of disk I/Os. used in performing an operation Cost is an internal Oracle measurement .

What is performance? ‡ Getting as many queries completed as possible? ‡ Getting fastest possible elapsed time using the fewest resources? ‡ Getting the best concurrency rate? Actual Definition ‡ Performance is fastest possible response time for query ‡ Goal is to complete the query as quickly as possible ‡ Optimizer does not focus on resources needed to execute the plan .

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SQL Execution Plan When looking at a plan can you determine if the following is correct? ‡ Cardinality ‡ Are the correct number of rows coming out of each object? ‡ Access paths ‡ Is the data being accessed in the best way? Scan? Index lookup? ‡ Join order ‡ Are tables being joined in the correct order to eliminate as much data as early as possible? ‡ Join type ‡ Are the right join types being used? ‡ Partitioning pruning ‡ Did I get partition pruning? Is it eliminating enough data? ‡ Parallelism .

g.Cardinality What is it? ‡ Estimate of number rows that will be returned ‡ Cardinality for a single value predicate = num_rows total / num_distinct total ‡ E. 100 rows total. 10 distinct values => cardinality=10 rows ‡ OR if histogram present num_rows * Density Why should you care? ‡ Influences access method and Join Order ‡ If estimate is off it can have a huge impact on a plan What causes Cardinality to be wrong? ‡ Data Skews ‡ Multiple single column predicates on a table ‡ A function wrapped where clause predicate .

Cardinality or Selectivity Cardinality the estimated # of rows returned To determine correct cardinality using a simple SELECT COUNT(*) from each table applying any WHERE Clause predicates belonging to that table .

Data Skew Cardinality = num_rows / num_distinct ‡ If there is a data skew the selectivity could be way off ‡ Create a histogram to correct the selectivity calculation ‡ Oracle automatically creates a histogram if it suspects a data skew Be careful ‡ Histograms have an interesting side effects on statements with binds ‡ Less relevant for data warehousing ‡ Prior to 11g stmt with binds had only one plan ± based on first literal value ‡ But presence of a histogram indicate skew unlikely one plan good for all bind values ‡ In 11g multiple execution plans allowed for a single statement .

car model influences make ‡ How do you tell the Optimizer about the correlation? ‡ Extended Optimizer Statistics provides a mechanism to collect statistics on a group of columns ‡Full integration into existing statistics framework ‡Automatically maintained with column statistics ‡Instantaneous and transparent benefit for any migrated application .Multiple Single Column Predicates ‡ Optimizer always assumes each additional predicate increases the selectivity ‡Selectivity of predicate 1 * selectivity of predicate 2 «etc ‡ But real data often shows correlations ‡Job title influences salary.

gather_table_stats(µsh¶. ‡ Applying a function to a column means the optimizer does not know how it will effect the cardinality ‡ Most likely the optimizer will under-estimate the cardinality ‡ Creating extended statistics for this function allows the optimizer to get the correct cardinality exec dbms_stats. .'customers'.A function Wrapped Where Clause Predicate SELECT * FROM customers WHERE lower(country_id) = 'us'. method_opt => 'for all columns size skewonly for columns(lower(country_id))').

Access Paths How to get data out of the table ‡ The access path can be: ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Full table scan Table access by Rowid Index unique scan Index range scan (descending) Index skip scan Full index scan Fast full index scan Index joins Bitmap indexes .

Access Path Look in Operation session to see how obj is being accessed If you know the wrong access method is being used check cardinality. join order« .

. name from countries where name='USA'. name from countries where country_id between 'AU' and 'IE'.'IEµ). Select country_id. Select country_id.'FR'.Access Path examples A table countries contains 10K rows & has a primary key on country_id ± What plan would you expect for these queries? Select country_id. name from countries where country_id in ('AU'.

Join Type ‡ A Join retrieve data from more than one table ‡ Possible join types are ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Nested Loops joins Hash Joins Partition Wise Joins Sort Merge joins Cartesian Joins Outer Joins .

name. hr. e.'Sales') AND e.departments d WHERE d. Employees has 107 rows Departments has 27 rows Foreign key relationship between Employees and Departments on dept_id .department_id=d.employees e.dept_name IN ('Marketingµ.dept_name FROM hr. d.Join Type Example 1 What Join type should be use for this Query? SELECT e.department_id.salary.

oe.order_items l WHERE l.order_id.order_id = o.Join Type Example 2 What Join type should be use for this Query? SELECT o.quantity FROM oe.orders o .unit_price * l.customer_id. l. Orders has 105 rows Order Items has 665 rows .

order_date.0.name FROM oe.Join Type Example 3 What Join type should be use for this Query? SELECT o. hr.e.order_id. Orders has 105 rows Employees has 107 rows .orders o .employees e.

departments d ON e. Employees has 107 rows Departments has 27 rows Foreign key relationship between Employees and Departments on dept_id .department_id = d.emp_id FROM hr.employees e FULL OUTER JOIN hr.e.department_id.department_id.Join Type Example 4 What Join type should be use for this Query? SELECT d.

Join Type Look in the Operation section to check the right join type is used If the wrong join type is used go back and check the stmt is written correctly and the cardinality estimates are accurate .

Join Orders The order in which the tables are join in a multi table stmt ‡ Ideally start with the table that will eliminate the most rows ‡ Strongly effected by the access paths available Some basic rules ‡ Joins that definitely results in at most one row always go first ‡ When outer joins are used the table with the outer join operator must come after the other table in the predicate ‡ If view merging is not possible all tables in the view will be joined before joining to the tables outside the view .

Join order 1 2 3 Want to start with the table that reduce the result set the most If the join order is not correct. check the statistics. cardinality & access methods .

May 22nd 2008 May 21st 2008 Only the 3 relevant partitions are accessed May 23rd 2008 May 24th 2008 .¶MM/DD/YYYY¶).22 2008? Sales Table May 18th 2008 May 19th 2008 May 20th 2008 Select sum(sales_amount) From SALES Where sales_date between to_date(µ05/20/2008¶.Partition Pruning Q: What was the total sales for the weekend of May 20 .¶MM/DD/YYYY¶) And to_date(µ05/23/2008¶.

Partition Pruning Pstart and Pstop list the partition touched by the query If you see the word µKEY¶ listed it means the partitions touched will be decided at Run Time .

Table scan: Time table is scanned and sent Receive 4. Reduced row sent: Only rows that have a match in the bit vector get sent to the consumers Filter Create 1.Bloom Filter 2. Bloom Filter send: BIT VECTOR is sent as an additional filter criteria to the scan of the sales table Receive DFO Set Shared Bloom filter DFO Send Send Test Scan Time 5. Table Scan: Sales table is scan and rows are filtered based on query predicates . Bloom Filter create: Consumer set creates a hash table and a BIT VECTOR. Hash Join: Consumers will complete the hash join by probing into the hash table from the time time to find actual matching rows 6. Bit vector sets a bit for each row that matches the search conditions DFO Hash Join 7. Bloom Filter apply: Join column is hashed and compared to BIT VECTOR Filter Use Scan Sales 3.

Parallelism Goal is to execute all aspects of the plan in parallel ‡ Identify if one or more sets of parallel server processes are used ‡ Producers and Consumers ‡ Identify if any part of the plan is running serial .

Parallelism IN-OUT column shows which step is run in parallel and if it is a single parallel server set or not If you see any lines beginning with the letter S you are running Serial check DOP for each table & index used .

Identifying Granules of Parallelism during scans in the plan ‡ Data is Partitioned into Granules either ‡ block range ‡ Partition ‡ Each parallel server is allocated one or more granules ‡ The granule method is specified on line above the scan in the operation section .

Identifying Granules of Parallelism during scans in the plan .

Access Paths and how they are parallelized Access Paths Full table scan Table accessed by Rowid Index unique scan Index range scan (descending) Index skip scan Full index scan Fast full index scan Bitmap indexes (in Star Transformation) Parallelization method Block Iterator Partition Partition Partition Partition Partition Block Iterator Block Iterator .

Parallel Distribution ‡ Necessary when producers & consumers sets are used ‡ Producers must pass or distribute their data into consumers ‡ Operator into which the rows flow decides the distribution ‡ Distribution can be local or across other nodes in RAC ‡ Five common types of redistribution .

Parallel Distribution ‡ HASH ‡ Assumes one of the tables is hash partitioned ‡ Hash function applied to value of the join column ‡ Distribute to the consumer working on the corresponding hash partition ‡ Broadcast ‡ The size of one of the result sets is small ‡ Sends a copy of the data to all consumers ‡ Range ‡ Typically used for parallel sort operations ‡ Individual parallel servers work on data ranges ‡ QC doesn¶t have to sort just present the parallel server results in the correct order ‡ Partitioning Key Distribution ± PART (KEY) ‡ Assumes that the target table is partitioned ‡ Partitions of the target tables are mapped to the parallel servers ‡ Producers will map each scanned row to a consumer based on the partitioning column ‡ Round Robin ‡ Randomly but evenly distributes the data among the consumers .

Parallel Distribution Shows how the PQ servers distribute rows between each other .

<Insert Picture Here> Example of reading a plan .

acct_num AND a.pcode .pcode AND a. CNT FROM (SELECT a.BMG.co_id AND c.pcode_desc.BMG.pcode. b.pcode_desc ) HOGAN_PCODE_HD_REF PCODE T_TRAN_DETAIL_HD ACCT_NUM CO_ID T_ACCT_MASTER_HD Multiple Terabytes 1 Gigabyte in size .t_tran_detail_hd c WHERE a.t_acct_master_hd a . b.tran_amt <2000000000 GROUP BY a.pcode_desc ORDER BY a. count(a.Example SQL Statement and Block Diagram SELECT '(' || pcode || ')' || pcode_desc AS PRODUCT.co_id=c.hogan_pcode_hd_ref b .asof_yyyymm=200102 AND c.acct_num=c.pcode = b.pcode) CNT FROM BMG.pcode . b.

Are the access method correct? Means no stats gathered strong indicate this won¶t be best possible plan . Check the rows returned is approx correct 2. Are the cardinality estimates correct? 3.Example Cont¶d Execution plan 1.

Has partition pruning happen? 5.Example Cont¶d Execution plan 1 2 3 4. Is the join order correct? Is the table that eliminates the most rows accessed first? . Are the correct join methods used? 6.

Example Cont¶d Execution plan 7. Check all aspects of the plan are executing in parallel 8. Check the distribution method and make sure we are not broadcasting a large table? .

Row distribution is now all hash . Cardinalities are correct and with each join number of rows reduced 6.Solution 1.Example Cont¶d Execution plan . Only 1 row is actually returned and the cost is 4 X lower now 2 1 3 4. Access methods remains the same 7.PWJ them join hash to look-up table 5. Join types are still hash joins but now a PWJ 3. All aspects of the plan are executing in parallel 8. Partition pruning One range partition 4 hash partitions 2. The join order has changed .

customers c WHERE s.cust_id =c.ID What do you expect the plan to look like for this statement?S NOT NULL) Explanation Join to customers is redundant as no columns are selected Presence of primary ±foreign key relationship means we can remove table .Determining if you get the right plan Query SELECT quantity_sold FROM sales s.cust_id.

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