|Oracle® Database Reference
11g Release 2 (11.2)
Part Number E17110-04
|Range of values||0 to 65535|
OPEN_CURSORS specifies the maximum number of open cursors (handles to private SQL areas) a session can have at once. You can use this parameter to prevent a session from opening an excessive number of cursors.
It is important to set the value of
OPEN_CURSORS high enough to prevent your application from running out of open cursors. The number will vary from one application to another. Assuming that a session does not open the number of cursors specified by
OPEN_CURSORS, there is no added overhead to setting this value higher than actually needed.
Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information on setting this parameter
Your operating system-specific Oracle documentation for the range of values