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DOAG 2011 Unconference Wrap-Up

My sessions at DOAG all went well, and I in particular liked the Unconference ones. As promised I held two of them and they were rather different.

The first one only had a couple of attendees (including OakTable fellow Christian Antognini from Switzerland), so we could gather around my laptop and do a real "Optimizer Hacking Session". Actually we had to do that because the projector promised by DOAG wasn't there. I talked mainly about some common traps when performing SQL statement troubleshooting and what to do in order to avoid them, but also showed some cool stuff that I'll shortly blog about separately.

Public Appearances

I've just got the confirmation that I have been accepted as speaker for the HotSOS Symposium 2012 in March next year, therefore I post here a quick update on my upcoming public appearances:

1. DOAG
Next week the DOAG conference 2011 (Nürnberg, Germany) will begin. It's an impressive conference with a large number of tracks, although a lot of them are not database-centred.

Nevertheless it's certainly one of the conferences to go if you speak German and are interested in Oracle database technology (or the ever increasing range of Oracle technology in general).

Public Appearances

Here is a short summary of my forthcoming public appearances:

  • 7th April: I'll be doing a one-day seminar in Switzerland on performance troubleshooting. This is loosely based on the Chapters 8 and 9 of the "Expert Oracle Practices" book that I have co-authored. If you want to get an idea of some of the details covered you can have a look at the material of my corresponding presentation. Of course the seminar will go much deeper than the presentation, since we'll spend a whole day on troubleshooting. This is being organized by Oracle University as part of their "Celebrity Seminar" program. You can find the details and booking options here.

Public Appereances - Past and Future

The Michigan OakTable Symposium (MOTS) in September has been a great event with so many outstanding speakers. It has been a pleasure to spend time with my fellow Oakies and meet many of them in person for the first time. My own two presentations about the Cost Based Optimizer ("Understanding System Statistics" and "Everything you wanted to know about FIRST_ROWS_N") were received pretty well I think.

My visit to the SIOUG 2010 was also very nice, in particular meeting again with Christian Antognini and Joze Senegazcnik.

I'll be presenting at DOAG 2010 mid of November in Nuremberg. This time my presentation will be given in German, which is interesting since I do my presentations mostly in English even here in Germany since there always seem to be some attendees that don't speak German...

My presentation is scheduled at 4 pm on Wednesday, the 17th November, in the room "St. Petersburg", and is called "Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting - Live Session". In this session I'll walk through some common and less common troubleshooting scenarios, in particular some scenerios where the usually helpful wait interface / session statistics / ASH / ADDM approach tends to be useless. This is mostly a live demonstration show along with a few slides describing the issue and the techniques applied.

I'll also be presenting at UKOUG 2010 end of November / beginning of December in Birmingham. I'll be doing again my "Understanding the different modes of System Statistics" and also give the "Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting - Live Session" presentation, this time however that presentation will be split into Part 1 and Part 2 each taking 60 min. which allows me to show even more troubleshooting cases and also spent more time on the "basic" troubleshooting skills which are probably more relevant in everyday life than the interesting but rare "advanced" stuff.

UKOUG 2009 - The Slides

As promised in one of my comments here are the slides of the presentations I did at UKOUG 2009.

I've already considered some of the valuable feedback I got - in particular for the FIRST_ROWS_N presentation since it was the first time I did this one.

So those downloads are even valuable for those who attended my sessions - they offer a couple of goodies:

1. The "CBO fundamentals: Understanding System Statistics" slides have a part "The gory details" right after the official end of the presentation where you can find the really "gory" details, if anyone is interested

2. The "Everything You Wanted To Ask About FIRST_ROWS_N But Were Afraid To Ask" presentation has been revised - in particular I have worked on those parts of the slides that were "suboptimal" so far. The complex pagination queries are now better readable and explained step-by-step which I think makes them much simpler to understand, but also some other parts have been re-worked and extended.

Furthermore the slides for this presentation are available in two versions: The presentation slides, and additionally the notes where I explain some more details for those who are interested.

Here are the links to the downloads:

"CBO fundamentals: Understanding System Statistics"

"Everything You Wanted To Ask About FIRST_ROWS_N But Were Afraid To Ask"

"Everything You Wanted To Ask About FIRST_ROWS_N But Were Afraid To Ask" - Notes

OakTable Book "Oracle Expert Practices"

I haven't had much time in the recent past to write interesting blog posts, and the main reason for this is that I was very busy during the last couple of months - in particular contributing to the latest OakTable book "Oracle Expert Practices: Oracle Database Administration from the OakTable" by APress. It has been a very interesting experience - I've been co-authoring two chapters about Performance Optimization Methods together with another OakTable member: Charles Hooper.

This was a real collaborative work, a joint-effort if you want to say so. We exchanged the chapter contents rather frequently via Internet and I think this approach worked out quite well. I also have to thank Charles for spending a lot of time in rewording most of my "german" English into something that was consistent with his style.

It actually worked so well that what was originally planned as a single chapter grew so fast that it was finally decided to split it into two chapters - so we ended up with two chapters each co-authored by two authors.

Although it is obvious that something as complex as Performance Optimization Methods can't be covered to a full extend in a chapter (or even two) and therefore sometimes only the surface could be scratched and countless omissions were necessary I hope that the two chapters help to get a good overview of the available Performance Monitoring and Optimization methods.

I guess that these two chapters are not an easy read - we have packed a lot of details into them, but they should really be worth spending some time to dig through. We have also prepared numerous scripts that can be downloaded at the APress website to reproduce the described methods.

For a full coverage of the Performance Optimization area to me personally Christian Antognini's "Troubleshooting Oracle Performance" is still the benchmark - a very remarkable book.

I really hope that the same will be true for the "Oracle Expert Practices" book - it is supposed to be shipping real soon now.

By the way - it is still a bit early I know, but Charles and myself plan to perform a presentation together about our book chapters at the "Michigan OakTable Symposium (MOTS)" which will take place right before the OOW 2010 on the 16th and 17th of September 2010. So if you're looking for a "technical" conference rather than the more marketing oriented stuff at OOW - this might be interesting for you.

We have some very good ideas about this presentation - it will probably be more or less "zero-slide" and cover lots of demonstrations I guess, but it's too early obviously to reveal too much.

UKOUG 2009

I'll be giving two one hour presentations at the upcoming UKOUG conference 2009 at Birmingham (30th November - 2nd December):

1. Monday, 30th November, 16:00-17:00: "CBO fundamentals: Understanding the different modes of System Statistics"

2. Wednesday, 2nd December, 11:05-12:05: "Everything you always wanted to know about FIRST_ROWS_N but were afraid to ask"

Both presentations cover fundamental functionality of the Cost-Based Optimizer which will help you to better understand why and how the optimizer comes up with certain execution plans, and in particular how the underlying cost calculation works. So eventually, if you haven't got an explanation yet I'll show you what the "cost" calculated effectively means and how to appropriately use the different optimization modes (ALL_ROWS, FIRST_ROWS, FIRST_ROWS_n) available.

So if you happen to attend the conference I'm looking forward to meeting you there.

By the way, I recommend visiting this link and save your personalised agenda to help with the room planning.