OTN Appreciation Day: Oracle Wait Interface

Thanks to Tim Hall, lots of people from Oracle community, shared their favourite Oracle feature as blog posts. I’ve decided to dedicate my OTN Appreciation Day blog post to Oracle Wait Interface. I know that the topic was not limited to Oracle database, and I could share something about Oracle Enterprise Manager (my main focus area), but Oracle database is the entry point for me and it’s the reason why I started to use other Oracle products (including Oracle Enterprise Manager).

Most of the time, people ask me why I prefer to work with Oracle database. It has great features like having reliable infrastructure, flashback, partitioning, in-memory column store etc. It comes with a great backup and recovery tool (RMAN) and it supports PL/SQL (great way to deal with data). All of these features (and the ones I didn’t count here) helps Oracle database to be the best relational database management system, but when I think about Oracle, the performance monitoring features are my favourite, and Oracle Wait Interface is the foundation stone of those features.

Each time a process waits for something, Oracle collects statistics about the wait. Oracle Wait Interface provides statistics for these waits, and these statistics can be accessed trough a collection of dynamic performance views or an extended SQL trace file. This information is invaluable to monitor sessions and guides you to find the root cause of many performance problems.

For more information about Oracle Wait Interface, you may read: “Oracle Wait Interface: A Practical Guide to Performance Diagnostics & Tuning” book.