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Partition pruning improves response time by a factor of 18,000!

This blog notes a fascinating tuning approach whereby the blogger got a query down from one hours to .02 seconds, and 18,000 improvement:

He notes how he got his spectacular results:

"Queries that access this view had predicates on a number of columns, including some very selective indexed columns (Item_ID) and a partition key column (Fiscal_Month). Unfortunately there is nothing in the database to tell the optimizer that each unique value of Transaction_ID had but a single value Item_ID and Fiscal_Month, so logically the predicates could not be applied until after the analytic function had been calculated.

Hence there was no predicate pushing on the fiscal_month and item_id, and neither partition pruning nor index access was considered. The query was actually scanning about one quarter of the table (it looks like a combination of subpartition pruning and partition pruning was taking place, but this table is multicolumn range + list composite partitioned, and pruning at the partition level was only taking place on the leading column of the partition key).

However, we included the two predicate columns in the analytic functions' partition clause like so:

Decode(Row_Number() Over (Partition By Transaction_ID, Item_Id, Fiscal_Month Order By 1),1,Qty,0)

Now this doesn't change the result because the Item_Id and Fiscal_Month entries are actually logically redundant, but it did allow both 9i and 10g to push the predicates and give full partition and subpartition pruning and index-based access."



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