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Oracle Wait Interface: A Practical Guide to Performance Diagnostics & Tuning: A Practical Guide to Performance Diagnostics and Tuning (Oracle Press) Paperback – 1 Jul 2004

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007222729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072227291
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Identify and Resolve System Bottlenecks Quickly

Troubleshoot, diagnose, and optimize your Oracle database efficiently and successfully every time. This exclusive Oracle Press guide explains how to take full advantage of the revolutionary Oracle Wait Interface (OWI) to quickly pinpoint--and solve--core problems and bottlenecks, and increase productivity exponentially. Get extensive details on all the OWI features, including the wait event views, their applications, and the extended SQL trace file. This invaluable resource will help you maximize the most advanced diagnostics tool available and minimize processing time.

  • Identify performance problems using wait event statistics
  • Monitor session-level wait events and collect historical data for root cause analysis
  • Interpret common I/O-related wait events
  • Diagnose and solve problems related to locking and serialization
  • Analyze latency-related wait events
  • Identify and resolve bottlenecks in the Oracle Real Application Clusters environment
  • Learn about the Oracle Database 10g revolutionary approach to performance diagnostics and tuning

About the Author

Richmond Shee (Olathe, KS) is a Senior Database Architect for Sprint Corporation, with more than 14 years of RDBMS experience, including 8 years working with Oracle databases. Richmond has also spent 2 years working with the Oracle Core Technology Group. He oversees the Performance Consultation Team, mentors DBAs and helps set the direction for implementing Oracle RDBMS technology throughout the company. Richmond leads the tuning efforts on all of Sprint’s most critical databases. Among his many accomplishments, he pioneered the use of the Oracle Wait Interface at Sprint. He also invented a patent-pending wait-based tuning tool. This tool is being deployed throughout Sprint Corporation & Sprint PCS. He frequently speaks at the Kansas City OUG, contributes to the Oracle-L listserver, and volunteers his time by mentoring DBAs in the Kansas City area.

Kirtikumar Deshpande (Kirti Deshpande) has been working in the Information Technology field for over 20 years, including more than seven years as an Oracle DBA. Although a Biomedical Engineer by profession, he has chosen Information Technology as his career. He currently works with Verizon Information Services as a Senior Oracle Database Administrator and is a frequent contributor on the Oracle-L and LazyDBA listservers. He can be reached at

K. Gopalakrishnan (Gopal) is an award-winning coauthor ("Oracle Author of the Year 2005"-Oracle Magazine) of Oracle Wait Interface (Oracle Press). He also authored Oracle Database 10g Real Application Clusters also from Oracle Press (Nov 2006). He has published articles in various international Magazines and is recognized as one of the leading database performance tuning experts in the world. Oracle Technology Network also recognizes him as an Oracle ACE. Gopal has worked with several of the biggest and busiest databases on the planet and has deep experience in the performance management and tuning of very large online transactional databases.

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A well written book, easy to read. A simple solution to collecting all the session information you need for performance troubleshooting.
To date I have been looking for a single resource (book) to use for diagnosing performance issues. This is it! It doesn't matter if you are on Oracle 7 or 10g, this solution gathers the information you need with little overhead.
The book isn't selling third party products like many other books in its league.
Not finished the book yet but I already feel more confident in troubleshooting performance issues.
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This is an excellent and well written approach to Oracle performance issues, but there is one major omission. Some of the views and packages it describes are part of the (not cheap) Oracle Diagnostic Pack which is not included in the Standard or even Enterprise licence. Without paying extra for this licence you are not even entitled to look at some of the views and grid pages it describes. AWR, ASH and ADDM, covered in chapter 9, are all part of this pack, but I could not find this mentioned anywhere in the book. Your use of them, however, will be flagged. If you work your way through chapter 9 on a production system, you could find yourself in the hole for a lot of money when the Oracle auditors come around.

The book covers many performance tuning diagnostic methods which do not rely on this pack, but there are no warnings about the ones that do. In the interests of fairness, I would suggest this as an update to a subsequent edition.
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