In our production environment, we have a process that runs for about 30 minutes, and may even take hours on busy days. Way too long of course!
I’ve been rewriting this function this week, and finally brought it back to a matter of minutes by using a materialized view and a more efficient query.
Still, I think nowadays most data should be available instantanious, if possible. So, a few minutes is way too long.
I have 2 tables, tabel A with 2.4 million records, materialized view B with 82000 records. The materialized view is a joined subset of 3 tables containing about 240.000 records each.
Here’s the culprit:
SELECT last_name, date_of_birth , bsn FROM mat_view JOIN table_a ON mat_view.fk_id = table_a.fk_id WHERE mat_view.fk2_id = :BIND
Not too bad I thought. Relatively small view, Oracle knows how to handle this! The result was lots of full table scans and hash joins, and of course a high cost. After giving it some thought, I remembered the thing called inline views. Maybe they would bring Oracle to some other thoughts about the execution path.
(SELECT * FROM mat_view WHERE fk2_id =:BIND
ON gpl.fk_id = table_a.fk_id
Fortunately, this did the trick. Believe it or not, this query gives instantanious result, instead of in minutes. The drawback is that I needed to add some extra, quite complex clauses, so the responsetime is now about 2-3 seconds. In the end, not bad compared to the 30 minutes we started with!