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Do aggregates with 0 records give performance gain?

Hi experts, I am trying to improve performance in one of our cubes by building aggregates.

This cube contains only records with transaction types A and B. When I use RSRT and the debug option "Display Aggregate Found" I notice that several queries make one call on this cube with a static filter on transaction type Z, which will never exist in this cube.

My scope is not to change queries, so I have no intention of investigating why the queries make this call. What I would like to do is just to build aggregates to speed up the queries.

First I built an aggregate containing all the characteristics of the cube, but with a static filter on transaction type Z, meaning this aggregate always had 0 records. Whenever using these queries, this aggregate gets hit, so it seems to work as I wanted it to.

My question is if it actually gives any performance gain? Since transaction type Z does not even exist as a key in the cube's dimension table, maybe it would be more or less as fast to query the cube directly? I am not sure of how the query asks for information, but I guess that if it cannot find a key in the dimension table, it will never even have to search the fact table?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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    Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 07:21 AM

    Short answer: yes, it will improve the performance.

    By providing the aggregate that fits the filter condition and contains 0 entries, you effectively hand more information about the data to the data manager layer.

    It might even decide to not query the database at all, since it's clear a priori that there is no data in the aggregate.



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      Hi Vinod and Lars,

      thanks for your answers.

      I tried playing around with the query run-time statistics, but I think it would take me some time to analyze it properly this way.

      If the aggregate should give better performance from a logical point of view, that's really the thing I am after, then I know I'm building something that's worth while.



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    Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 02:37 PM

    Hi Martin,

    Not sure if the aggregate created improve the performance.

    But you can check the performance using report Aggregated Query Runtime Statistics: Analysis 0TCT_MC01_Q0200, if BI statistics is enabled. Compare performance by running the reoprt switching on and off the aggregates.



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