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Monday, August 09, 2010
 
Identifying Ideal Oracle Database Objects for Flash Storage and Accelerators

(Originally posted on blogs.sun.com at:
http://blogs.sun.com/mandalika/entry/identifying_ideal_oracle_database_objects)

The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array and Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card help accelerate I/O bound applications such as databases. The following are some of the guidelines to identify Oracle database objects that can benefit by using the flash storage. Even though the title explicitly states "Oracle", some of these guidelines are applicable to other databases and non-database products. Exercise discretion, evaluate and experiment before implementing these recommendations as they are.

F5100 Flash Storage and F20 PCIe Flash Accelerator Card as Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache

In addition to the I/O intensive database objects, customers running Oracle 11g Release 2 or later versions have the flexibility of using flash devices to turn on the "Database Smart Flash Cache" feature to reduce physical disk I/O. The Database Smart Flash Cache is a transparent extension of the database buffer cache using flash storage technology. The flash storage acts as a Level 2 cache to the (Level 1) SGA. Database Smart Flash Cache can significantly improve the performance of Oracle databases by reducing the amount of disk I/O at a much lower cost than adding an equivalent amount of RAM.

F20 Flash Accelerator offers an additional benefit - since it is a PCIe card, the I/O operations bypass disk controller overhead.

The database flash cache can be enabled by setting appropriate values to the following Oracle database parameters.


 db_flash_cache_file
 db_flash_cache_size

Check Oracle Database Administrator's Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) : Configuring Database Smart Flash Cache documentation for the step-by-step instructions to configure Database Smart Flash Cache on flash devices.





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