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Oracle Architecture -1
After completing this lesson, you should be able to do the following: Outline the Oracle architecture and its main components List the structures involved in connecting a user to an Oracle Instance
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Overview of Primary Components
User process Shared Pool Library Cache Server process PGA Data Dictionary Cache
Database Buffer Cache Java Pool
Redo Log Buffer
PMON SMON DBWR LGWR
Parameter file Password file
Redo Log files
Archived Log files
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An Oracle server: Is a database management system that provides an open, comprehensive, integrated approach to information management Consists of an Oracle Instance and an Oracle database
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Oracle Instance An Oracle Instance: Is a means to access an Oracle database Always opens one and only one database Consists of memory and background process structures Shared Pool Library Cache Data Dictionary Cache Instance SGA Database Buffer Cache Java Pool Redo Log Buffer Large Pool Memory structures PMON SMON DBWR LGWR CKPT Others Background process structures Oracle Architecture -6 .
Establishing a Connection and Creating a Session Connecting to an Oracle Instance: Establishing a user connection Creating a session Connection established User process Server process Session created Oracle Server Database user Oracle Architecture -7 .
Oracle Database An Oracle database: Is a collection of data that is treated as a unit Consists of three file types Oracle Database Redo Log Datafiles Control files files Parameter file Password file Archived Log files Oracle Architecture -9 .
Physical Structure The physical structure includes three types of files: Control files Datafiles Redo log files Header Datafiles (includes Data Dictionary) Control files Online Redo Log files Oracle Architecture -10 .
and is a fundamental component of an Oracle Instance Program Global Area (PGA): Allocated when the server process is started Oracle Architecture -11 .Memory Structure Oracle’s memory structure consists of two memory areas known as: System Global Area (SGA): Allocated at instance startup.
System Global Area The SGA consists of several memory structures: Shared Pool Database Buffer Cache Redo Log Buffer Other structures (for example. lock and latch management. statistical data) There are two additional memory structures that can be configured within the SGA: Large Pool Java Pool Oracle Architecture -12 .
System Global Area SGA is dynamic Sized by the SGA_MAX_SIZE parameter Allocated and tracked in granules by SGA components Contiguous virtual memory allocation Granule size based on total estimated SGA_MAX_SIZE Oracle Architecture -14 .
Data Dictionary Cache Shared Pool Oracle Architecture -15 .Used to store: Most recently executed SQL statements Most recently used data definitions It consists of two key performance-related memory structures: Library Cache Data Dictionary Cache Sized by the parameter Shared Pool Library SHARED_POOL_SIZE Cache ALTER SYSTEM SET SHARED_POOL_SIZE = 64M.
Library Cache Stores information about the most recently used SQL and PL/SQL statements Enables the sharing of commonly used statements Is managed by a least recently used (LRU) algorithm Consists of two structures: Shared SQL area Shared PL/SQL area Size determined by the Shared Pool sizing Oracle Architecture -16 .
users. and other database objects During the parse phase. privileges. columns.Data Dictionary Cache A collection of the most recently used definitions in the database Includes information about database files. the server process looks at the data dictionary for information to resolve object names and validate access Caching data dictionary information into memory improves response time on queries and DML Size determined by the Shared Pool sizing Oracle Architecture -17 . indexes. tables.
Database Buffer Cache Stores copies of data blocks that have been retrieved from the datafiles Enables great performance gains when you obtain and update data Managed through an LRU algorithm DB_BLOCK_SIZE determines primary block size Database Buffer Cache Oracle Architecture -18 .
DB_CACHE_ADVICE set to gather statistics for predicting different cache size behavior Statistics displayed by V$DB_CACHE_ADVICE Oracle Architecture -19 .Database Buffer Cache Consists of independent sub-caches: DB_CACHE_SIZE DB_KEEP_CACHE_SIZE DB_RECYCLE_CACHE_SIZE Can be dynamically resized ALTER SYSTEM SET DB_CACHE_SIZE = 96M.
Redo Log Buffer Records all changes made to the database data blocks Primary purpose is recovery Changes recorded within are called redo entries Redo entries contain information to reconstruct or redo changes Size defined by LOG_BUFFER Redo Log Buffer Oracle Architecture -21 .
Large Pool An optional area of memory in the SGA Relieves the burden placed on the Shared Pool Used for: Session memory (UGA) for the Shared Server I/O server processes Backup and restore operations or RMAN Parallel execution message buffers – PARALLEL_AUTOMATIC_TUNING set to TRUE Does not use an LRU list Sized by LARGE_POOL_SIZE Oracle Architecture -22 .
Java Pool Services parsing requirements for Java commands Required if installing and using Java Sized by JAVA_POOL_SIZE parameter Oracle Architecture -24 .
Program Global Area Memory reserved for each user process connecting to an Oracle database Allocated when a process is created Deallocated when the process is terminated Used by only one process PGA Server process User process Oracle Architecture -25 .
Process Structure Oracle takes advantage of various types of processes: User process: Started at the time a database user requests connection to the Oracle server Server process: Connects to the Oracle Instance and is started when a user establishes a session Background processes: Started when an Oracle Instance is started Oracle Architecture -28 .
User Process A program that requests interaction with the Oracle server Must first establish a connection Does not interact directly with the Oracle server Server process User process Connection established Database user Oracle Architecture -29 .
Server Process A program that directly interacts with the Oracle server Fulfills calls generated and returns results Can be Dedicated or Shared Server Server process Session created Oracle server Connection established User process Database user Oracle Architecture -30 .
Background Processes Maintains and enforces relationships between physical and memory structures Mandatory background processes: DBWn PMON CKPT LGWR SMON Optional background processes: ARCn LMDn RECO CJQ0 LMON Snnn Dnnn Pnnn LCKn QMNn Oracle Architecture -31 .
Database Writer (DBWn) Instance SGA Database Buffer Cache DBWn Datafiles Control files Redo Log files Database DBWn writes when: Checkpoint occurs Dirty buffers reach threshold There are no free buffers Timeout occurs RAC ping request is made Tablespace OFFLINE Tablespace READ ONLY Table DROP or TRUNCATE Tablespace BEGIN BACKUP Oracle Architecture -32 .
Log Writer (LGWR) Instance SGA Redo Log Buffer LGWR writes: At commit When one-third full When there is 1 MB of redo Every three seconds Before DBWn writes DBWn LGWR Datafiles Control files Redo Log files Database Oracle Architecture -33 .
System Monitor (SMON) Instance SGA Responsibilities: Instance recovery SMON Datafiles Control files Redo Log files Rolls forward changes in redo logs Opens database for user access Rolls back uncommitted transactions Coalesces free space Deallocates temporary segments Oracle Architecture -34 Database .
Process Monitor (PMON) Instance SGA Cleans up after failed processes by: Rolling back the transaction Releasing locks Releasing other resources Restarting dead dispatchers PMON PGA area Oracle Architecture -35 .
Checkpoint (CKPT) Instance SGA Responsible for: Signaling DBWn at checkpoints Updating datafile headers with checkpoint information Updating control files with checkpoint information DBWn LGWR CKPT Datafiles Control files Redo Log files Database Oracle Architecture -36 .
Archiver (ARCn) Optional background process Automatically archives online redo logs when ARCHIVELOG mode is set Preserves the record of all changes made to the database Datafiles Control files Redo Log files ARCn Archived Redo Log files Oracle Architecture -37 .
segments.Logical Structure Dictates how the physical space of a database is used Hierarchy consisting of tablespaces. and blocks Tablespace Datafile Segment Segment Extent Blocks Oracle Architecture -39 . extents.
Processing SQL Statements Connect to an instance using: User process Server process The Oracle server components that are used depend on the type of SQL statement: Queries return rows DML statements log changes Commit ensures transaction recovery Some Oracle server components do not participate in SQL statement processing Oracle Architecture -42 .
Processing SQL Statements Processing a query: Parse: – Search for identical statement – Check syntax. object names. and privileges – Lock objects used during parse – Create and store execution plan Bind: Obtains values for variables Execute: Process statement Fetch: Return rows to user process Oracle Architecture -43 .
PMON. and Redo Log Buffer Explain primary background processes: DBWn. SMON Explain the use of the background process ARCn Identify optional and conditional background processes Explain logical hierarchy Oracle Architecture -45 . CKPT.Summary In this lesson. Shared Pool. LGWR. you should have learned how to: Explain database files: datafiles. control files. online redo logs Explain SGA memory structures: Database Buffer Cache.
CKPT 1. DBWR b. Writes dirty buffers to the data files Answers: – 5 – 4 – 2 – 3 – 1 Oracle Architecture -48 . Assists with writing to the data file headers 2. Cleans up after failed processes 4. Match the process with the task a. Responsible for instance recovery 3. PMON e. Records database changes for recovery purposes 5.QUIZ 1. SMON d. LGWR c.
Shared Pool Answer: PGA Oracle Architecture -49 .QUIZ 2. Which one of the following memory areas is not part of the SGA? a. Database Buffer Cache b PGA c Redo Log Buffer d.
Which one of the following memory areas is used to cache the data dictionary information? a Database Buffer Cache b PGA c Redo Log Buffer d Shared Pool Answer: D Oracle Architecture -50 .QUIZ 3.
and Large Pool. d . The Library Cache consist of the Shared SQL and Shared PL/SQL areas. Which two of the following statements are true about the Shared Pool? a. The Shared Pool consists of the Library Cache. c. b. Data Dictionary Cache. Answer: B& D Oracle Architecture -51 .QUIZ 4 . The Shared Pool is used to store the most recently executed SQL statements. The Shared Pool is used for an object that can be shared globally. Java Pool. Shared SQL area.
A connection is a communication pathway between the Oracle server and the Oracle Instance. A session starts when a user is validated by the Oracle server. A user establishes a connection with the database by starting an Oracle Instance.Which one of the following statements is true? a. b. d. Answer: D Oracle Architecture -52 . c.QUIZ 5 . An Oracle server is a collection of data consisting of three file types.
QUIZ 6. a True b False Answer : A Oracle Architecture -53 . The primary purpose of the Redo Log Buffer is to record all changes to the database data blocks.
QUIZ 6. The PGA is a memory region that contains data and control information for multiple server processes or multiple background processes. a True b False Answer: B Oracle Architecture -54 .
QUIZ 7. Which of the following becomes available when an Oracle Instance is started? a User process b Server process c Background processes Answer : C Oracle Architecture -55 .
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