Kerry Osborne's picture

Thoughts on Exadata V3

I expect we’ll see some announcements at Oracle Open World in a couple of weeks (I don’t know if they will really call it V3 yet by the way).

DISCLAIMER: This is all complete conjecture on my part. I don’t work for Oracle and I have not had any conversations with any Oracle employees about official future directions or plans. (I probably would have had to sign a non-disclosure before I could have any of those discussions and then I wouldn’t be able to do this post).


Anyway, here’s the list of things I am thinking we might see:

Bigger Database Servers – I mean physically bigger, with open slots, so we can put HBA’s in them to attach to external storage for migration and backup purposes. Sun 4275′s perhaps since they are already using them as storage servers. The only real issue is that we’d run out of space on a full rack configuration, but if the machines are beefier, perhaps we wouldn’t need as many DB servers anyway.

Bigger Database Servers – I mean more memory and more processing power. Faster chips and bigger DIMMs are a no-brainer. Just put them in the existing 4170 boxes. But how about different models altogether. M series perhaps (which also means a change in O/S). Should be fairly easy to do actually as the DB already runs on Solaris. Might make the Sun shops really happy as well. ;-)

More Options – I expect we’ll see a little more flexibility in the configurations, because “One Size Fits All” really doesn’t (or at least many people think that it doesn’t). Anyone want a 2/3 rack?

Incrementally Better Software – It’s a great leap forward already, but I expect more things to be offloaded to the storage layer (some of the analytic functions, some of the aggregate functions, etc…)

Exadata SAN – I could see Oracle announcing a stand alone storage unit with a variable number of “trays”. They might even announce some software for doing some of the more SAN like features (think Snap Mirror).

By the way, I doubt they’ll be buying Netapp just yet (need to drive the price of the stock down a bit first I think).

Well that’s what I’m thinking. What do you think?

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Sane SAN2010: Storage Arrays – Ready, Aim, Fire

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kevinclosson's picture

OpenWorld 2010 Unconference Venue Is Now Open For OpenWorld Attendees Too!

In my post entitled OpenWorld 2010 Unconference Open For JavaOne And/Or Oracle Develop Registrants Only I quoted the Unconference policy which, at the time, stated Unconference attendance was only open to JavaOne and Oracle Develop folks. I just received email stating that the policy has changed and that the new wording is as follows: Now, [...]

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OpenWorld 2010 Unconference – Open for JavaOne And/Or OracleDevelop Registrants Only. A Poll.

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Oracle OpenWorld 2010: Sessions By OakTable Members

As Oracle OpenWorld is just around the corner and you are probably getting your session schedule together, I thought I’d pass on this (nearly complete) list of sessions of which one or more of the presenters is an OakTable member. There is no doubt in my mind that these sessions will contain some of the best technical content presented at OpenWorld so be sure and pre-register for these sessions today. Hope to see you there! {lang: 'ar'}

tanelpoder's picture

Which number takes more space in an Oracle row?

So, which number takes more bytes inside an Oracle row?

A: 123

B:  1000000000000000000000000000000000000

And the correct answer is … (drumroll) … A! The “big” number 1000000000000000000000000000000000000 actually takes less space than the “small” 123!

Let’s verify this:

SQL> select vsize(123) A, vsize(1000000000000000000000000000000000000) B from dual;

         A          B
---------- ----------
         3          2

WTF? Why does such a small number 123 take more space than  1000000000000000000000000000000000000 ?

Well, the answer lies in how Oracle stores numbers. Oracle NUMBER datatype doesn’t store numbers in their platform-native integer format. Oracle uses it’s own format which stores numbers in scientific notation, in exponent-mantissa form. More details about this here.

You can use the DUMP sql function to see the actual binary value of the number data stored:

select dump(123) from dual;

Typ=2 Len=3: 194,2,24

SQL> select dump(1000000000000000000000000000000000000) from dual;

Typ=2 Len=2: Typ=2 Len=2: 211,2

So, although the number 1000000000000000000000000000000000000 is bigger than 123, when stored in base-10 exponent form, it really carries much less information in it than 123 (1 x 10^36 vs 123 x 10^0). Oracle doesn’t need many bits for keeping the precision of this large value as it happens to be a power of 10.

See what happens when I store a number only slightly bigger or smaller than the original large number, now the stored number requires much more storage for keeping the required precision:

SQL> select dump(1000000000000000000000000000000000000+1) from dual;

Typ=2 Len=20: 211,2,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2

SQL> select dump(1000000000000000000000000000000000000-1) from dual;

Typ=2 Len=19: 210,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100,100


tanelpoder's picture

Public appearances 2010

Here’s the list of events where I’ll speak this year:

Michigan OakTable Symposium 2010
Ann Arbor, MI
16-17 September 2010

Considering the concentration of OakTable members there, this will be an awesome event!

I will be delivering my “Back to Basics: Choosing The Entry Point to Performance Troubleshooting Wisely” and “Understanding LGWR, log file sync waits and commit performance” sessions there.

Promo video:

Agenda & Registration:

Oracle Open #ff0000;">Closed World
San Francisco, CA
19-22. September

Note that I won’t be speaking at the official Oracle Open World conference, but I will be speaking at a secret underground event there, about some really fun stuff, like deep internals, hacking, kernel tracing and of course advanced troubleshooting ;-) And rest of the time I’ll be in some bar.

NYOUG Fall 2010 Training Session
Manhattan, NYC, NY
16 November 2010

This is a full day seminar organized by NYOUG. I will be delivering my “Scripts and Tools for Oracle Troubleshooting and Advanced Performance Analysis” session there. It’s an updated version of the material I delivered at the Hotsos Symposium Training Day this year.

Agenda & Registration:

UKOUG Tech & EBS Conference (to be confirmed)
Birmingham, UK
29 November – 1 December 2010

I submitted four papers to UKOUG Tech&EBS conference, so if all goes well, I’ll be there in end of Nov/beginning of Dec too.


Kerry Osborne's picture

Exadata Book

Here’s some white Exaddata text

Well, I guess it’s official. A couple of weeks ago I committed to write an Exadata book for Apress, along with my intrepid co-author Randy Johnson. For those of you who don’t know Randy, he’s a very experienced Oracle Guy with a wealth of knowledge, particularly around RAC. I think the two of us make a pretty good team – making up for each others weaknesses (oh wait, I should say we have “Complimentary Skill Sets” – yeah that sounds better).

Anyway, it turns out that writing a book is a lot of work! The way Tom Kyte turns them out I thought it must be pretty easy, but I’ve always been a little overconfident. So I’m starting to realize that I may not have time to do as many blog posts as I might like. But I must say that I am really excited about the subject matter! So I think it will be worth the effort. By the way, that’s not the official cover art (or even the official title as far as I know). I just hacked that together with a Adobe Illustrator. ;-)

As I have said many times, I think the Exadata storage software will usher in a whole new era in relational databases. Not just for Oracle, because you know the other guys will be trying to follow in their footsteps. But I think Oracle is miles ahead at this point, and they own their own hardware platform. Oracle claims that it has been their most successful product launch ever and I believe it. They are starting to pop up like weeds. It will be very interesting to see what the future holds for this platform. To be honest, I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg at this point. Anyway, I appreciate the guys at Apress having the faith in us to take on this project. I hope we don’t disappoint them (I don’t think we will).

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OOW 2010 Plans and Anti-plans

I have plenty of things that are keeping me busy for OOW 2010 and you’ll all get to see the results at the event (if you’re there), but I only have one traditional technical session where I’ll be on stage. I’m presenting the following session jointly with an Oracle Database Machine customer:

Session ID: S316824
Title: Top 10 Lessons Learned in Deploying the Oracle Exadata
Tuesday, September 21, 12:30PM
Location: Moscone South, Rm 307

Check the OOW 2010 content catalog for updated room assignments and times.

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