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Load not evenly distributed among PX slaves in 11.2 (Doc ID 1224903.1)

Last updated on JUNE 05, 2019

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Load distribution among slaves is fine in 10.2, gets a bit worse in 11.1 and is quite bad in 11.2, causing one slave gets most of the load while the other slaves get just few rows. 

That causes performance issues, as one slave takes longer to finish (as per bigger load) and causes overall performance on the query is bigger. As we can check from v$pq_tqstat output.


* 10.2 load balance is quite good




The primary change between 11.2 and 11.1 is that in 11.2 we do granule batching. That is when the slaves request granules, the QC provides them a set of granules instead of a single granule to work on. 
The parameter controlling this feature is _px_granule_batch_size with default value of 10 i.e. 10 granules are given to slaves on one request.


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