RE: Oracle internal flaws?

Mark,
 
    After looking at this individuals page I have serious doubts that
he's anything but a fake and possibly a looser in the IT world:
 
34 years IT  (started in 1977 during the punch card days) , 32 years
databases (started in 79?  That's pretty old stuff) , 19 years banking
and finance, 19 years Sybase, Partner for 13 years but gave it up this
year with the SAP changes.(why did SAP change the world that badly?)
Worked for DBMS Vendors (none specified) , maintained DBMS codeline
(what code) , wrote one from scratch for them (really, I've a bridge in
NY to sell too); consultant since then (consultants are either good, or
just plaques on the wall.  I think this is a wall plaque).

        Intolerant of contradictions in the same cranial space.
        Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
        If it's worth doing, it's worth doing Right

        Extreme performance in every technical endeavour. The second
greatest buzz is increasing the speed of a customer's server by an order
of magnitude. Or two.

        Wheels are there for improving, not re-inventing. Standards

The rest sounds like just plain crankiness/intolerance.  In general
he/she, we don't know, sounds like an old foggy, like me, who hasn't
changed with the times.  Bet he still codes in Assembler and believes in
host based computing with terminals.  Probably likes punch cards as
well.  BYW, a look at his listed web site says that he's a Sybase only
kind of guy and at last look Sybase was loosing a good pile of market
penetration to Oracle, DB2, and SQL*Server.  They're also not pushing
their db as much as they use to and more into the app front end.  Sounds
like a real pile of sour grapes and someone who really doesn't know what
he's talking about.  I would not like to get into a Sybase discussion
with him as he probably does know more about it than most people on this
list, but that's where it ends.
 
Now for the fools points:
 
Oracle does not have a true server architecture (others have it). Rather
than performing classic server tasks, such as multi-threading, caching
of data pages, parallel processing (split a query across many devices)
etc. within itself, it uses the o/s to do all that. That means for each
user process (PL/SQL connection) there is one UNIX process; 1000 users
means 1000 UNIX processes, all competing for the same resources.
 
Obviously he has not heard of MultiThreaded server, parallel processing,
and the SGA.  Now while a lot of this was true in very old versions of
Oracle (v3 was all dedicated, all PGA, parallel didn't exist for
anything including the OS, and Oracle was a single process on the OS.
We also had before and after image files, not memory areas.) it is no
longer the case.  Today we have some 10 separate background processes
that coordinate with each other.  We also have a job queue and a job
scheduler that handle jobs both inside and outside the database.  BIF
and AIF files have turned into REDO segments in their own tablespace,
and the db cache is much more efficient and flexible to boot.  Needs to
update his knowledge, badly.
 
 

Especially noteworthy, because it uses file system files (not raw
partitions), and the "caching" is outside, it relies heavily on (and is
very sensitive to) the file system cache that you have set up. likewise,
Oracle needs a massive amount of memory for these processes."

Well I'll give on the memory issue, Oracle has always been a memory hog
and it's getting worse all the time, course memory is a whole lot
cheaper today then it was in the 80's.  Back in the good old days you
had to add an 2MB expanded memory card and drivers to DOS pc's to run
Oracle.  As for raw partitions, they are "faster" than a cooked file
system but less flexible which is why Oracle came out with ASM.   Also
many sysadmins I've run into don't like raw devices either.  You can't
easily see, so I'm told, what's going on down in that device as in how
much is in use and how much is free.  So use ASM and you can have the
performance of raw with the flexibility of cooked.

 
    One bad points of the internet is that anyone with no knowledge can
promote themselves as know it alls.  I learn something new every day
from this forum as well as others and the manuals that we love to diss
as well as practical experience.  I don't profess to "know it all" and I
encourage anyone to point out the flaws.  

Dick Goulet 
Senior Oracle DBA/NA Team Leader 

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