Multiple DBWR Not Used though DB_WRITER_PROCESSES is set (Doc ID 576888.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 06, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 10.2.0.3 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 24-Sep-2014***

Symptoms

Only 2 DB writers are working, even though it is specified that  DB_WRITER_PROCESSES=20 to be used.  

Tried to set DBWRs to 4, but Oracle is picking 16 (cpus/8). This seems to be working correctly, but for some reason the working sets being utilized in the system are only serviced by 2 writers (0,16).

Cause

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