|Oracle® Database Reference
10g Release 1 (10.1)
Part Number B10755-01
|Range of values||Operating system-dependent|
DB_FILE_MULTIBLOCK_READ_COUNT is one of the parameters you can use to minimize I/O during table scans. It specifies the maximum number of blocks read in one I/O operation during a sequential scan. The total number of I/Os needed to perform a full table scan depends on such factors as the size of the table, the multiblock read count, and whether parallel execution is being utilized for the operation.
Online transaction processing (OLTP) and batch environments typically have values in the range of 4 to 16 for this parameter. DSS and data warehouse environments tend to benefit most from maximizing the value of this parameter. The optimizer is more likely to choose a full table scan over an index if the value of this parameter is high.
The maximum value is always less than the operating system's maximum I/O size expressed as Oracle blocks ((max I/O size)/
DB_BLOCK_SIZE). If you set this parameter to a value greater than the maximum, Oracle uses the maximum.