An evaluation of whether a system works well enough to be fit for purpose. Normally performance refers to the speed with which a system completes an operation or set of operations over time.

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Oracle aggregate function performance

Can Oracle be smart about aggregate functions, such as MIN(), MAX(), and (AVG)? My testing shows that it seems to be surprisingly stupid. I have the following query: SELECT COUNT(userId), AVG(age), ...
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SQL Express 2008 R2 on Amazon EC2 instance: tons of free memory, poor performance

The old SQL Express 2005 was running on a low-end single Xeon CPU Dell server, RAID 5 7200 disks, 2 GB RAM (SBS 2003). I have not done any baseline measurements on the old physical server, but the ...
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Is there a way to force an index to stay in memory with SQL Server 2008?

I've got a table with several millions rows, from which I need to run some queries from time to time. First query will usually be quite slow (around 10s), and subsequent queries are usually way faster ...
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Permon counters on SQL 2005 mirroring (user defined counter log file is empty) [closed]

I've been attempting to gather performance counters for mirroring using perfmon, over a period of time and saving this to a log file. I am able to do this without problem for general SQL Server ...
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oracle distinct doing sort

I'm getting poor performance from DISTINCT. The explain plan indicates that it is doing SORT (GROUP BY) which doesn't sound right. I would expect some kind of HASH aggregation to produce much better ...
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Advantage of using a database snapshot for reporting purposes

What is the performance advantage of using a snapshot of a database for reporting purposes? The way I see it, it would probably downgrade performance since for every write in the original database, ...
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Performance differences between executing via Linked Server vs. SSMS

We've had an issue reported where a stored procedure was behaving badly when called from some .Net code. On the face of it, that sounds similar to this case, which turned out to be due to EDMX, but in ...
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What is the expected performance impact when dropping a large table

I have a 100G+ innodb table that needs to be dropped in a production environment. I am trying to do this without interruption to service. The table is no longer being written to, and needs to be ...
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Ways to speed up IN queries under PostgreSQL

I have a query of the following form: SELECT * FROM twitter_personas WHERE twitter_user_id IN ($1, $2, $3, ..., $25000) The IN query has anywhere from 10 to 25000 values. The query runs for minutes ...
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Unexpected extremely long query time (~5 minutes using nested WHEN-INs)

For the first time, I am running up against a horrifically long execution time of a MySQL query (~5 minutes). The data in the database is highly (and not arbitrarily) normalized. It very efficient ...
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Pros and Cons of Checking if value exist for unique column or let db raise unique error on inserting

While writing a query other day a thought came to me and have stuck in my mind. What is preferable, first checking if a value for a unique column exists and then inserting or insert and let db raise ...
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How to quantify TEMPDB usage in relation to other databases hosted on same hardware?

Working on a project to decide if configuration 1 or 2 is the best way to organise disks for my SAN: Config1 (sql 2008): 8 disks @ raid 10 data 2 disks @ raid 1 logs 2 disks @ raid 1 tempdb 2 disks ...
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Express union which is dependent on other results

I would like to make a union of two tables that are actually in a hierarchical constellation. How would I write that in relational algebra? Say table A is the parent of B in a 1:n relationship. ...
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SQL from/where or join?

I was wondering performance wise what would be faster a join or a from and where query. I am trying merge and update query but performance is terrible?
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Using Central Management Server to provide convincing performance statistics

Central Management Server The company I work offers dedicated VMware hosted servers to its Windows clients. Among those Windows clients, there are essentially 60 single instance SQL Servers ranging ...
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How to compare performances of two databases

There are two database servers and I want to compare their performances. Both have Windows operating system and and Oracle (10.2.0.4 and 11.0.2) database. Both are OLAP databases with 15-20 users ...
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How can I optimize performance on a MySQL ndbcluster?

So, this is what I have: A simple table classes__to_students: |class |student| --------------- Math Alice Math Bob Math Peter Math Anne Music Bob Music Chis Music ...
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The order of INNER JOIN's

I would like to know if there are any rules about the order of INNER JOIN's in T-SQL 2000. I had 62x the performance on my query when my INNER JOIN that act like a filter is placed at first instead ...
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Reading and writing the common data

I have a couple tables and application service that intensively inserts, updates its. From the other hand some client application have to read data using those tables. Sometimes client application ...
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How many Sproc Parameters is too many?

I've just started writing a Stored Procedure in SQL Server 2008 and have 30+ parameters. I've never written one with more than ~10 parameters, and that got me thinking... At what point are there too ...
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How to keep one query from slowing down entire database?

Using MySQL 5.0.x, we have a process to generate benchmarks for our business that consolidates a bunch of data, then pull out data based on certain criteria. This process used to take 18 hours, it's ...
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I have lots of free memory. How do I use it to increase performance?

I am running Litespeed (with suExec, PHP SAPI), MySQL, DirectAdmin, named on a VPS with a 16-core Xeon CPU and 2GB RAM. Currently, only 300 MB out of 2048 are used. It might sound a stupid, but how ...
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SQL Server - Multiple running totals

I've got a base table with transactions and I need to create a table with running totals. I need them to be per account and and also have a few running totals for each account (depending on the ...
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T-SQL INNER JOIN Optimisation

Well, I really have read so many articles, used different techniques and done some random things to do this. My problem was that a have big tables (over one million rows) and some small (with few ...
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Could Stack Overflow run on SQL Server Web Edition?

I am starting a new web venture that may need to scale to a high number of users. I am confident with the SPLA licencing for SQL Server Web edition, but want to know if I will need to factor in ...
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Sql. Calculating the size in KB of each row

I'm building now a new sql 2005 database for my company, and we expect this database to be huge with 100's of millions of records. We already know we need to dedicate a separate server with new hard ...
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Is it possible to allow write-through computed columns for legacy code that expects a column to be read/write?

I have this existing table for IP storage: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[IPAddresses]( [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [IPv4Address] [varchar](15) NULL, [IPv6Address] [varchar](45) NULL, ...
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What affects the speed of a count(*) besides the number of records

I have a query like SELECT COUNT(*) FROM Foo Where Bar = 1 AND Baz = 2 the table has 12934600 records of which 1000001 match that predicate Looking at the query statistics I see (1 row(s) ...
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Improving MySQL efficiency

I have a table now containing over 43 million records. To execute SELECT, I usually select records with the same field, say A. Will it be more efficient to divide the table into several tables by ...
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SQL Server 2008 Partitioning Evaluation

I'm trying to do a performance comparison of a table with partitioning and the same table without partitioning. So we have Subcriber and SubscriberPartitioned tables. Tables structure is: ...
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Is InnoDB Engine up to speed against Memory Engine?

I am exploring the efficiency of different database engines in MySQL version 5.5.18 to see which is best suited for use with a range query on a dataset of 5 million rows: SELECT P.col1, P.col2, ...
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Can you have a WHERE clause with a greater than operator on a composite key?

I'm a web developer (not DB admin!) having performance problems processing a 1.7m record table on MySQL. Here is that table : CREATE TABLE `bbcmapimp_pc_raw` ( `postcode` char(8) NOT NULL, ...
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All columns of table should be indexed or not mysql database?

I am having one table with 4 columns. I that one is primary key and other three columns are references to columns of other tables. I am using join of these four tables for search filter. These joins ...
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Order by column should have index or not?

I have added indexes to table which are used for searching result. I am showing results by ASC or DESC order. So that column should have index or not? I have 2 more indexes on that table. How ...
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How to calculate cache misses for PostgreSQL

I'm administering a server where a tool using a PostgreSQL runs. The tool takes care of most PostgreSQL configurations by itself, but I'm observing some performance problems. I could confirm at OS ...
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MySQL MEMORY table has high Lock Wait Ratio [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mysql Memory table getting many locks on my site I log every pageview (date,ip,referrer,page,etc) in a simple mysql table. This table gets very little selects (3 per ...
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Pattern matching with LIKE, SIMILAR TO or regular expressions in PostgreSQL

I had to write a simple query where I go looking for people's name that start with a B or a D : SELECT s.name FROM spelers s WHERE s.name LIKE 'B%' OR s.name LIKE 'D%' ORDER BY 1 I was wondering ...
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Why performance degradation with query hint FIRST_ROWS(1000)? [closed]

I have a query with user supplied arguments that can produce a very high amount of rows depending on the user's input. In case the user supplies very unselective arguments, the query takes a lot of ...
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Query performance with subquery and IN clause

I am trying to select a range of data for multiple devices (unique serial numbers) from a historical table and was wondering why there is such a big difference in time for the following queries: ...
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why doesn't time for a simple update scale linearly with the number of records?

I am running some performance tests and I started with a dataset of 900.000 records the update took 10 seconds or about 90000 records per second. Then I increased the number of records to 9.000.000 ...
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Query takes hours

Up until now all queries in my PostgreSQL application were fast. During the last days, sometimes a query takes several hours. Index are healthy, because after dump, restore, vacuum -z, it is still the ...
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Does ORDER BY on a clustered key effect performance?

Say I have a table clustered on PrimaryKey, and in all cases I want my results to be ordered by PrimaryKey so I additionally always ORDER BY PrimaryKey in all queries. Does this ORDER BY affect ...
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MySql - How can I speed up this query

I have the following tables: CREATE TABLE `users` ( `id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `first_name` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL, `last_name` varchar(255) COLLATE ...
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Is there a way to make SQL Server's Database Tuning Advisor use more than one core?

I'm using SQL Server's Database Engine Tuning Advisor to generate recommendations for performance improvements on my database server. For the "consuming workload" step, it appears to use all ...
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Configuring PostgreSQL for write performance

One of my PostgreSQL servers hosts several (1-3) databases which receive a constant stream of data. The data is not particularly structured, it amounts to the current time and a variety of observed ...
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Nested queries or temp (#) tables in SQL Server

I have written a web application which aggregates and presents data from a SQL Server. The data involved is large, and there is a lot of aggregation involved. Currently, under advice from an 'expert' ...
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Inclusion of ORDER BY on query that returns no rows drastically affects performance

Given a simple three table join, query performance changes drastically when ORDER BY is included even with no rows returned. Actual problem scenario take 30 seconds to return zero rows but is instant ...
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Four db servers all identical, one is much slower than the others

The setup We have an application loading a lot of transaction data for later querying. It's sharded on 4 SQL Server 2008R2 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 64 bits. All servers are ...
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Mysql consumes a lot of memory

Here is my situation. I have an ubuntu server monitored by nagios. recently nagios sends alarms regarding the memory consumption on the server. I logged into the server and executed the top command ...
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Database as a service (DbaaS) over dimensions--performance, scalability, & reliability?

MySql Database as a service: Amazon Xeround Another eg. PostgreSQL Database-as-a-Service. You can get the list of similar products here. Does anyone have details on their performance, ...