What is the recommended memory_target and memory_max_target for ORACLE DB running on a dedicated linux server with 32GB RAM?

The server is dedicated to the Oracle 12 database.

Is there any recommendations in such case?

  • It's very difficult to establish those limits without knowing a bit about the Db's workload. Nevertheless, i would reserve as most memory as i can (just leaving enough for the OS), and then let AMM (Automatic Memory Manager) do the work. – Renato Afonso Feb 12 '18 at 8:13

Forget memory_target and memory_max_target. AMM has always been a feature that worked on paper, but failed in practice. Oracle finally admitted it semi-officially as of the release of 12.2:

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When I have no information about earlier memory usage, I just go with a 1:4 ratio for PGA:SGA target.


Which implicitly sets:


Then later you can tune if needed, after observing the workload and memory usage.

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    Fully agree. Just to complete the answer - you also should properly configure Huge Pages on Linux and set USE_LARGE_PAGES = ONLY. – Mindaugas Riauba Feb 12 '18 at 8:17
  • So on a 32 GB dedicated server you recommend SGA+PGA=25GB? which is about 80% of the total memory? – Basil A Feb 12 '18 at 8:54

I would recommend using a PGA to SGA ratio of 2:5 based on the following facts and findings.


The parameter PGA_AGGREGATE_TARGET when not defined will default to the greater of 10 MB or 20% of SGA as mentioned in the official docs:

Default value : 10 MB or 20% of the size of the SGA, whichever is greater 

Reference: 1.213 PGA_AGGREGATE_TARGET (Oracle Docs)


The parameter PGA_AGGREGATE_LIMIT when not defined will default to the greater of 2 GB, 200% PGA_AGGREGATE_TARGET or 3MB * Proceses as mentioned in the official docs:

Default value : By default, PGA_AGGREGATE_LIMIT is set to the greater of 2 GB, 
                200% of PGA_AGGREGATE_TARGET, and 3 MB times the PROCESSES parameter. 
                It will be set below 200% of PGA_AGGREGATE_TARGET if it is larger 
                than 90% of the physical memory size minus the total SGA size, but 
                not below 100% of PGA_AGGREGATE_TARGET.

Reference: 1.212 PGA_AGGREGATE_LIMIT (Oracle Docs)

Worst Case

In a worst case scenario PGA could be 40% the size of SGA.

In Your Case

Splitting up the 32 GB I would round down to 28 GB (leave 4 GB for the OS) and then split in a ratio of 2 to 5:


Why this additional answer?
This answer is a slight variation of Balazs Papp's explanation (who I hold to the highest esteem) based on my current experience and the documentation provided by Oracle. It is here solely for the purpose of explaining why I come to a slightly different conclusion.

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