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Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Dropping Automatic Indexes (Fall Dog Bombs The Moon)

  Julian Dontcheff recently wrote a nice article on the new Automatic Index Optimization feature available in the upcoming Oracle Database 20c release (I’ll of course blog about this new 20c feature in the near future). Within the article, Julian mentioned a clever method of how to effectively drop Automatic Indexes that I thought would […]

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Mixing Manual and Automatic Indexes Part II (Stay)

  In my previous post, I discussed how Automatic Indexing did not recognise there was already an existing logically equivalent manually created index and so created effectively a redundant Automatic Index. I also discussed previously how Automatic Indexing was clever enough to logically add new columns to existing Automatic Indexes if it determined such a […]

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Mixing Manual and Automatic Indexes Part I (I Can’t Read)

In previous articles, I discussed how Automatic Indexing has the capability to add columns or reorder the column list of previously created Automatic Indexes. However, how does Automatic Indexing handle these types of scenarios with regard to existing manually created indexes? To investigate, let’s create a table identical to the table I created in my […]

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Adding Columns To Existing Automatic Indexes (2+2=5)

  In my previous post, I discussed how when the following query is run: select * from major_tom3 where code3=4 and code2=42; the Automatic Indexing process will create an index on (CODE2, CODE3) but ultimately not use the index as the CBO considers the corresponding index based execution plan too expensive. I’m going to expand […]

Oracle 19c Automatic Indexing: Index Created But Not Actually Used (Because Your Young)

    The following is an interesting example of how Oracle Automatic Indexing is currently implemented that can result in an Automatic Index being created but ultimately ignored by the CBO. To illustrate, we begin by creating a simple little table that has two columns of particular interest, CODE2 which has 100 distinct values and […]

Oracle Database 19c Automatic Indexing: Minimum Number Of Required Indexes (Low)

  As I discussed in my previous posts, Oracle Automatic Indexing will try and create as few indexes as possible to satisfy existing workloads, even if that means reordering the columns in an existing index. To illustrate how Automatic Indexing creates as few indexes as possible, I’ll create the following table which has a number […]

Oracle Database 19c Automatic Indexing – Need Another Index (Another Brick in The Wall Part 2)

I previously discussed how Automatic Indexing can effectively cleverly reorder an existing index if it means it can now use the new index to satisfy new SQL predicates. In this post, we’ll explore this example further with some new workloads. So, we previously ran SQL queries with SQL predicates in the following combinations: CODE1=42 and […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !! (“Heroes”)

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a most happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. My gift this year is not David Bowie and Bing Crosby doing their famous Christmas duet but a performance by Bowie of his classic “Heroes” as featured on the same […]

London March 2020: “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” and “Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning” Seminars !!

It’s with great excitement that I announce I’ll finally be returning to London, UK in March 2020 to run both of my highly acclaimed seminars. The dates and registration links are as follows: 23-24 March 2020: “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” seminar – Tickets and Registration Link 25-26 March 2020: “Oracle Performance Diagnostics and […]

Oracle Database 19c Automatic Indexing: Default Index Column Order Part I (Anyway Anyhow Anywhere)

The next thing I was curious about regarding Automatic Indexing was in which order would Oracle by default order the columns within an index. This can be a crucial decision with respect to the effectiveness of the index (but then again, may not be so crucial as well). Certainly one would expect the index column […]