Re: IPC vs TCP

Strange. I was under the impression the TCP stack (on Unix at least) would
switch you to IPC when it realized you were on the local loopback. Of
course, I'm not a network guy and I haven't done extensive testing, so it's
all hearsay.

Finn

On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 6:39 PM, Cary Millsap <cary.millsap@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> Jeff and I saw about a 55:1 response time improvement on a little PL/SQL
> block that executed a few hundred thousand dbcalls in 2001 (this is the
> first case study in the Optimizing Oracle Performance book). We ran once
> connected to an alias with protocol=tcp, and then again using a different
> alias with protocol=beq. Then we ran test 1 again, then test 2 again, to
> eliminate the possibility that the performance improvement was just an
> artifact of db block buffer caching.
>
> I don't have the repro case for the test we did, but it was something like
> a select of one row from a real table executed over and over again. It
> repeatedly ran about a minute through TCP and about a second through BEQ.
>
> Cary Millsap
>
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM, Jared Still <jkstill@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> > Env:
> >
> > Linux 2.6. on Intel
> > Oracle 10.2.0.3
> >
> > In the past I have been led to believe (without much proof) that when
> > connecting
> > to a database on the local server, that IPC should always be used to
> > avoid the
> > performance hit of going through the TCP stack.
> >
> > Using a modified version of Tom Kyte's run_stats that allows for
> > collecting
> > stats from two different sessions, some minimal testing seems to
> > indicate
> > there is little difference whether connecting via IPC or TCP.
> >
> > Of course you are probably asking:
> > "If you are on the server, why setup either?"
> >
> > The answer is because many applications always connect through TNS.
> >
> > In any case, I don't see much difference regardless of how the
> > connection is made
> > while on the server.
> >
> > Has anyone here done any testing on this?
> >
> > Or perhaps it is something that changed in a release?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > --
> > Jared Still
> > Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist
> >
>
>

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