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Make very sure Oracle uses async IO on Linux

A default installation of Oracle on Linux will use synchronous IO. You have to explicitly enable asynchronous IO by setting a parameter (sic!):
and restart Oracle. If you don't do that then synchronous IO during logfile switches / checkpoints will cause unnecessary waits: log file switch (checkpoint incomplete). At the same time Oracle DBW process will not saturate IO. Your DB will become barely usable during those times.

As this also enables direct writes (which circumvent the OS page cache) you must also ensure that the SGA size is close to the RAM size (70-80%). Do not enable the parameter above for small SGAs (< 4GB).
posted on 2020-03-04 13:52 UTC in Code | 0 comments | permalink