If you work with SQL Trace files (and profile them) then you should check out the awesome novel use of the “external table preprocessor” feature explained by Adrian Billington here:
Ironically just a day after writing my “Evil things” article, I noticed a note in MOS about how to enable an event 10384 at level 16384 to get a parallel plan to be executed in serial:
- How to force that a Parallel Query runs in serial with the Parallel Execution Plan [ID 1114405.1]
This way you can still see the A-rows and other feedback like buffer gets and PIOs by row source even if the plan is a parallel plan. The problem is that even with GATHER_PLAN_STATISTICS enabled (or the equivalent parameter(s)) the PX slaves don’t pass their actual time, rows and buffer gets/PIOs stats back to the QC to be displayed in V$SQL_PLAN_STATISTICS / DBMS_XPLAN output. With parallel slaves, all you’d see would be the QC-generated numbers and not the PX slave stuff.
So if you set that magic event (at your own risk) then even the parallel plans would be executed by the QC only (basically a parallel plan executed entirely ins serial) and you’ll still see all the A-rows and buffer gets/physical read numbers as with serial plans. But remember my yesterday’s article ;-)
Alternative options for getting such runtime stats for a parallel query would be:
- Use the Real-Time SQL Monitoring feature (only on 11g and with diagnostics+tuning pack licenses)
- Enable SQL Trace for the QC, run your parallel query (you’ll have to wait until it finishes or cancel the query with CTRL+C) and consolidate the STAT# lines from all the PX slave sessions – each PX slave dumps the STAT# lines with row-source level stats like regular serial queries