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Oracle® Database Reference
10g Release 1 (10.1)

Part Number B10755-01
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Property Description
Parameter type Integer
Default value Derived from PARALLEL_MAX_SERVERS
Modifiable No
Range of values 6 to operating system-dependent
Basic Yes
Real Application Clusters Multiple instances can have different values.

PROCESSES specifies the maximum number of operating system user processes that can simultaneously connect to Oracle. Its value should allow for all background processes such as locks, job queue processes, and parallel execution processes.

The default values of the SESSIONS and TRANSACTIONS parameters are derived from this parameter. Therefore, if you change the value of PROCESSES, you should evaluate whether to adjust the values of those derived parameters.

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