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Oracle10g Grid Computing with RAC
Chapter 12 - RAC Design Considerations

Proper Sequence Usage

In some applications, the sequence numbers used must be sequential, an example would be the line numbers for a purchase order, or perhaps check numbers for an automatic check printer. In this case, a sequence table may have to be used to store the highest sequence number. The value is read from the sequence table, increased by one, and then updated. While all of this occurs, the row for the sequence being used is locked, thus no one else can use it. If you must use this type of logic, place the table in a tablespace with a 2048 block size, and set the pctfree high enough that only one row per block is allowed. This will reduce the chances of intra-instance pinging (assuming you have more than one sequence stored in the table).

Tablespace Design in Real Application Clusters

The goal in tablespace design is to group database objects according to their data access distribution patterns. The dependency analysis and transaction profiles of the database must be considered, then tablespaces are divided into containers for the following objects:

  • Frequently and randomly modified tables and indexes belonging to particular functional areas.

  • Frequently and randomly modified tables and indexes with a lower probability of having affinity to any functional area.

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