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Oracle Metric multiblock read objects

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The multiblock read objects Oracle metric latch protects the allocation and release of multi block read objects from the SGA.  Multi-block reads are a form of sequential prefetch invoked by Oracle for large-table full scans (i.e. index fast-full scans) and are dependent on the settings for db_file_multiblock_read_count

10gr2 Note:  Starting in Oracle 10g release2, Oracle recommends not setting the db_file_multiblock_read_count parameter, allowing Oracle to empirically determine the optimal setting.  For more see my notes on 10gR2 automatically tuned multi-block reads.

The maximum effective setting for db_file_multiblock_read_count is OS and disk dependant. Steve Adams, an independent Oracle performance consultant (see ), has published a helpful script to assist you in setting an appropriate level.  This script conducts a test and sample actual I/O chunk sizes on your server to aid you in setting db_file_multiblock_read_count:

Here are my notes on multiblock reads in Oracle:

Tuning multi-block I/O in Oracle

This, and many other Oracle performance metrics are discussed in my book "
Oracle Tuning" by Rampant TechPress.  You can buy it directly from the publisher and save 30% at this link:



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