It works with SELECT and UPDATE statements.

Are there some more statements with which it works?

I was able to use it with create, but am not sure if the hint was actually considered.

SQL> create /*+ PARALLEL */ table t1
( id number,
name varchar2(40));

Table created.


Except INSERT and UPDATE, when all is the PARALLEL hint considered?

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The Data Warehousing Guide has a chapter on parallel operations that goes over what operations can be parallelized.

You can't parallel-ize a simple CREATE TABLE statement (nor would you want to-- there wouldn't be enough work to be able to parcel it out to multiple worker threads). You can, however, parallel-ize a CREATE TABLE AS SELECT statement either by specifying the PARALLEL hint in the SELECT or by using the PARALLEL keyword in the CREATE.

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    I just wanted to add that you can effectively do "CREATE /*+PARALLEL(8)*/ INDEX ..." to create an index in parallel without leaving the index enabled for parallel query afterwards.
    – Oliver
    May 5, 2017 at 10:37

Oracle supports parallel processing for a wide range of operations, including queries, DDL, and DML:

  1. Queries that involve table or index range scans
  2. Bulk insert, update, or delete operations
  3. Table and index creation
  4. The collection of object statistics using DBMS_STATS
  5. Backup and recovery operations using Recovery Manager (RMAN)
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    This doesn't answer the question. It's just a generic statement about Oracle's parallel capabilities, not a specific answer about where the parallel hint can be used. Oct 28, 2015 at 12:32

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