Infact the cache hit ratio that Oracle suggests is the minimum good
value is 95%.  Anything below that is bad news.  The reason is pretty
obvious - RAM transfer speed is around 3.2G/sec these days, whilst
even the best array isn't going to give more than 400MB/sec, and
that's not even starting to talk about seek time.  anything below 90%
is not going to keep even the best disc hardware saturated.  I know
that our dataset is 99% cached, and therefore better CPUs/better RAM
has a huge impact on overall performance.

Alex Turner

On 11 Jan 2005 10:39:01 -0500, Greg Stark <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> "Merlin Moncure" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > heh, our apps do tend to be CPU bound.  Generally, I think the extra CPU
> > horsepower is worth the investment until you get to the really high end
> > cpus.
> I find that while most applications I work with shouldn't be cpu intensive
> they do seem end up being cpu bound quite frequently. What happens is that 90%
> of the workload has a working set that fits in RAM. So the system ends up
> being bound by the memory bus speed. That appears exactly the same as
> cpu-bound, though I'm unclear whether increasing the cpu clock will help.
> It's quite possible to have this situation at the same time as other queries
> are i/o bound. It's quite common to have 95% of your workload be frequently
> executed fast queries on commonly accessed data and 5% be bigger data
> warehouse style queries that need to do large sequential reads.
> Incidentally, the same was true for Oracle on Solaris. If we found excessive
> cpu use typically meant some frequently executed query was using a sequential
> scan on a small table. Small enough to fit in RAM but large enough to consume
> lots of cycles reading it.
> --
> greg

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