Smart Scan will not work with Intra-Block Chaining and Can cause Performance Degradation (Doc ID 2120974.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 12.1.0.2 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

Performance on Exadata may suddenly get worse and the amount of Smart Scan may reduce. You may see excessive "cell single block physical read" waits instead of the expected "cell smart table scan". This may be after an upgrade to 12.1 or if new columns have been added to an existing table. 

Changes

 The change may be because of an upgrade to 12.1 or because of any other activity which results in the row size increasing resulting in more intra-block chaining

Cause

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