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post Apr 6 2004, 05:10 AM
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Hi, I have a question about multiple block sizes availabe in Oracle9i
What is the advantage of having multiple block sizes?
Why we can not assign multiple block sizes to temporary tablespaces?
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post Apr 6 2004, 06:08 AM
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Hi Grarav,

Multiuple blocksizes are GREAT, but ONLY if your database is I/O-bound. Check your top-5 STATSPACK timed events first.

Also, you must ensure that your database is using direct I/O:


The performence benefits are obvious, and most of the world-record Oracle benchmarks used multiple blocksizes:


Finally, research has proved that Oracle indexes build cleaner in large blocksizes:


As for the TEMP tablespace, many Oracle DBAs use a default 32k tablespace to get around this issue.

Hope this helps . . .

Donald K. Burleson
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Author of Oracle Tuning: The Definitive Reference
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