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Spotlight on Oracle 10.4 - Release Notes

Total Time

Note: Available for Oracle 10.2 and later.

To open the Waits page

  1. Select a row on the Impending Bottleneck Predictions grid on the Impending Bottlenecks - Timed Statistics drilldown. Each row represents a category of timed statistics for which Spotlight has collected bottleneck data.

  2. Click Total Time.

Total Time versus Time.

Total Time (ms) versus Time shows how the total time taken for events in the selected category will change between now and the end-date.

Note: This is for ALL events in the selected category.

The example shows an Average Time chart for a bottleneck prediction where a Peak Activity filter has been specified in Peak Processing Periods. Peak Processing Periods

Chart data points

Data Points Description
The raw data (white data points) The actual data used to generate the chart.
The excluded data (blue data points) The data that was ignored because it fell outside one of the Peak Processing Periods.
New data (in a contrasting color) New data (when available) is data collected AFTER the raw data was analyzed.
The shaded region The Prediction Interval that is based on the raw data.
A vertical trend change line

If displayed, it shows the early data follows a different trend from the more recent data. Trend Changes The early data is not used in making predictions.

Note: You can set a Trend Change line via the chart toolbar.

Chart toolbar

Toolbar Description

Add Trend Change

Mark trend changes on the Predictive Diagnostics chart.

In the Add Trend Change window:

  1. Use the arrow buttons to position the trend change line on the chart. (The trend change line appears on the chart as you use the controls.)
  2. Add some text in the Description box to identify the trend change.
  3. Select Also Create... to add the same trend change to related Predictive Diagnostics charts.

Delete Trend Change

Remove trend change lines from the chart.

In the Delete Trend Change window, select the Delete? option that corresponds to the line you want to remove.

Accept suggested trend change

If Predictive Diagnostics notices a possible trend change it will mark it on the chart and prompt you to accept or reject it.

Reject suggested trend change


Display Excluded Data

Show data that was ignored because it fell outside one of the Peak Processing Periods.


Generate a new Prediction Interval on the chart from the raw data.

You can mark a trend change on the chart wherever you like, but the trend change is valid only in circumstances where it represents a REAL change in Oracle's handling of SQL statement executions, system bottlenecks, or database resources.

  • You can expect (and should mark) a trend change when you change the environment where the SQL statements are executed — for example, when you install a new version of Oracle, or when you upgrade the platform that hosts the database.
  • Other trend changes may be clear from a visual inspection of the raw data displayed in the chart. If you believe you can see such a change, you should mark it. (If you add a trend change line where NO real trend change exists, you will NOT change the nature of Spotlight's prediction, but you WILL make it less accurate, as Spotlight is using fewer data points to generate the prediction.)

Note: Trend changes in Impending Bottlenecks and Performance Modeling (and their sub-pages) apply globally to ALL the time-based charts for timed statistics and database resources. A bottleneck or resource ceiling is likely to be a feature of the system itself and NOT depend specifically on the transactions in progress or the timed statistics used to analyze the system.

Bottleneck Impact

The Bottleneck Impact for the selected category contains this information:

  • The trend prediction for the bottleneck (for example, Increasing at an increasing rate).
  • The current cost of the bottleneck as a percentage of the total current cost.
  • The predicted cost of the bottleneck as a percentage of the total predicted cost at the specified end-date.
  • The increase in the bottleneck cost between now and the specified end-date.

Note: The text in this control may contain one or more hyperlinks to additional information available from the Oracle Community at Toad World.


Related Topics

Impending Bottlenecks - Timed Statistics

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