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Slow performance in AMDP

Dear SCN Members,

In one of blogs by Horst Keller, he wrote about performance improvement in string concatenation.

I'm fortunate to be working on SAP 750 with HANA DB; so I thought of checking the performance when strings are concatenated at DB level. I added my comments and Horst, being always helpful, gave me some pointers to do performance testing.

To my surprise, the results with AMDP is taking a lot of time when checked in SAT and GET RUN TIME.

Now I'm not aware of what's happening under the hood but would love to learn why and where AMDP is slowing down.

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    Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:05 AM

    Hi Aasim,

    The test missing here is calling the AMDP procedure directly with Native SQL (ADBC or EXEC SQL).

    I expect the same "bad" performance as for calling it via AMDP.

    If this is the case, the reason is not AMDP but an overhead in calling procedures in HANA itself. According to my informations this problem is under investigation by the HANA colleagues.


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    • Hello,

      I asked a real expert and the result is:

      In the AMDP result structure there is a string. That triggers a LOB handling for the result set.

      In EXEC SQL and ADBC by default there is no LOB handling for the result set, but data that are too long are cut.

      If you switch off the LOB handling by using the dictionary type SSTRING instaed of STRING the performance of the AMDP call should improve.

      Another way around, using parameter IS_LOB of method SET_PARAM in ADBC should switch on LOB handling and the performance should get worse.


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