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NVMe the afterburner for your database

Over 1 million IOPS (@8 KByte) and more than 26 GByte/s (@1MByte): Read more to see all impressive benchmark figures from a server with 14 NVMe drives and read why this is still not the best you could get…

End of last year, I have gotten a call from Huawei. They (finally) agreed to provide me a server with their enterprise NVMe drives for performance testing.
To say that I was delighted is a huge understatement. It felt like an 8-year old waiting for Christmas to get his present.

Choosing the right hardware for a database server is always important and challenging. Only if you build a rock-solid, stable and performant base you can build a reliable database service with predictable performance. Sounds expensive and most of the time, it is, but NVMe drives can be a game-changer in this field.

Should I go for ODA 19.5 or should I wait until 19.6?


As you may know, Oracle Database 19c is available for new (X8-2) or older Oracle Database Appliances since several weeks. Current version is 19.5. But when you go to the official ODA documentation , it still first proposes version 18.7 not compatible with 19c databases. Here is why.

19c database is the final 12.2

First of all, 19c is an important release because it’s the terminal release of the 12.2, as was for 11.2. Please refer to my other blog to understand the new Oracle versioning. ODA always supports new releases few months after being available on Linux, and it’s why it’s only available now.

Kernel panic – not syncing: Out of memory and no killable processes

This is a quick post to give a solution (maybe not the best one as this was just quick troubleshooting) if, at boot, you see something like:
Trying to allocate 1041 pages for VMLINUZ [Linux=EFI, setup=0x111f, size=0x41108d01]
and then:
Kernel panic - not syncing: Out of memory and no killable processes
Pid: 1228 comm: kworker Not tainted 3.8.13-118.17.4.el6uek.x86_64 #2

If you do not see the messages, then you may need to remove the ‘quiet’ option of kernel and replace it by ‘nosplash’ – this is done from grub.