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How to tune optimizer?

Hello SAP experts,

we are having a customer written programs, that is accessing table BALHDR.

When I check the SQL trace via ST04, I see it is using the index and performing a range scan.

As our SAP system is based on Oracle/SAP ECC 6 (EHP 5), from my understanding, access to table/indexes are getting also managed by optimizer.

Is there a way to tune optimizer?

I am having a hard time, finding good documentation concerning Oracle/SAP/optimizer concerning its tuning. What I found so far leaves more question marks than it answers.

Some year ago, I had a similar issue and SAP support tuned the optimizer and the performance issues had been resolved.

Thanks for your help pointing me in the right direction …

Best regards

Carlos Behlau

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    Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Except for keywords Oracle/SAP/optimizer also search for statistics.

    For a start:

    hope this helps

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      Well, I wasn't sure whether you already had found the notes. But I gave it a try.


      As for tuning for a single program, there may always be unwanted side effects. But usually advantages should prevail.

      One more point, I didn't think of it in my first reply.

      Besides tuning optimizer, there are also other ways of tuning, like tuning (i.e. rebuilding) indexes.

      For some tables, like BALHDR, if I remember correctly, i found it quite useful, from time to time.

      I never did a table reorganization though, as suggested in note 1616768, among other things; this may also be helpful.

      Have you already read this note:


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