Exadata & SR-IOV

Infiniband SR-IOV on Exadata OVM

Virtual hosts on Exadata with OVM are HVM and not PV. This is one of the limitations of Infiniband SR-IOV – can’t be used with PV. So there is a qemu used to emulate the hardware While accessing a physical device from within a DOMU we can see that actual work is being done on […]


Exadata & OVM: Unable to get map of the virtual network interfaces

This week I had a "pleasure" of reimaging Exadata server to use OVM. During this process we hit interesting problem – after the reimaging process there was no bridge at DOM0, corresponding to the client network – because of this, the OEDA sofware returned an error like this: The error was produced by this script: […]


AWK to the rescue 2 – 10046+10053 = ?

I’ve created recently a script in AWK to create wait event histogram from 10046 trace file. The script can be found here. I thought that a good idea would be creating a little script to analyze the contents of 10053 and 10046 events together. So I wrote one 🙂 You can download it here: http://ora-600.pl/oinstall/format_10046_10053.awk […]


Exadata – direct path write temp and flash disks

Some time ago one of my students asked me if temp segments are being written to flash disks on Exadata… Well I wasn’t sure 🙂 But recently I had some time to check it. Let’s create some query that will generate temp segment: Great. Now we have to do some tracing at the cell servers […]

12c & external tables

How to list files from directory using external table in 12c

I’ve wrote about privilege escalation with external tables in this post: http://blog.ora-600.pl/2014/12/23/simple-technics-of-privilege-escalation-part2-dbasysdba/ This time we will try to list all files within directory object, to which we have no EXECUTE privs. This is possible due to great new feature of database 12c that allows to use metacharacters to match multiple files in external table. I […]


Oracle SPARC M7 – tracing DAX with DTrace and busstat

Thanks to Oracle I had a possibility to test the new Sparc M7 with DAX coprocessors to boost In-Memory performance. You can read about it here and here My first thought was – how to check if and when the DAX coprocessors are being used? When you have a POC for Exadata, you want to […]


oracle dblinks – performance considerations

Let’s imagine the following situation – you have a table called EMPLOYEES_TMP which is a global temporary table with a variable number of rows – totally nondeterministic. And there is a query which runs very often to compare primary key values between this table and a remote one (which is basically the same but not […]


Oracle 12c – internals of threaded execution

At UKOUG Tech’15 (Super Sunday) there was a session called "12c: A Closer Look at the Multi-Process Multi-Threaded Model for Oracle on Linux/Unix" by Markus Flechtner. Since then I can’t stop thinking about the performance of this feature. Why Oracle decided to provide it? I did some tests regarding sort operations and threaded execution was […]


Oracle 12c: PRAGMA UDF – the truth

Let’s check, why PRAGMA UDF makes execution faster, then regular function. C function responsible for calling a PL/SQL code from SQL is called "plsql_run": Now let’s try to create a new HR session and create a simple function which will multiple values by 2: From other terminal I will connect to the HR session with […]


Secure your database (part 1)

I’ve already showed you, how to escalate privileges in Oracle Databases. http://blog.ora-600.pl/2013/04/02/privilege-escalation-in-oracle-11gr2-part1/ http://blog.ora-600.pl/2014/12/23/simple-technics-of-privilege-escalation-part2-dbasysdba/ The question is – how to secure your database, if you don’t have EE or possibility to buy Oracle Database Vault or Oracle Advanced Security. Well – there’s always a DBA creativity 😉 For example – if you want to secure the […]

[PL] Browar z Wyrocznią

Jak smakuje Browar z Wyrocznią

I było tak, że 31 dnia miesiąca sierpnia roku 2015, spotkali się entuzjaści Wyroczni w posiadłości AVIVA. I było tak, że dzierżąc kufle – po brzegi browarem wypełnione – zasiadło wielu aby posłuchać kilku, którzy chcieli się przemyśleniami swoimi podzielić. I stało się tak, że admin przepijał do dewelopera a deweloper do admina i pospołu dyskusja toczyła się wartka a […]



I’ve started the project called RICO – the tool, written in C++ for last resort data recovery. It can be used to extract data from corrupted datafiles and dump them in the form of text files. It is in the early development stage right now and the functionalities are narrowed to: Dump regular and partitioned […]

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