Oracle complied fully with last Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS), which was FIPS PUB 127-2. That standard is no longer published. However, for users whose applications depend on information about the sizes of some database constructs that were defined in FIPS 127-2, the details of our compliance are listed in Table C-4.

Table C-4 Sizing for Database Constructs

Database Constructs | FIPS | Oracle Database |
---|---|---|

Length of an identifier (in bytes) |
18 |
30 |

Length of |
240 |
2,000 |

Decimal precision of |
15 |
38 |

Decimal precision of |
15 |
38 |

Decimal precision of |
9 |
38 |

Decimal precision of |
4 |
38 |

Binary precision of |
20 |
126 |

Binary precision of |
20 |
63 |

Binary precision of |
30 |
126 |

Columns in a table |
100 |
1,000 |

Values in an |
100 |
1,000 |

SET clauses in an |
20 |
1,000 |

Length of a row (Note2, Note 3) |
2,000 |
2,000,000 |

Columns in a |
6 |
32 |

Length of a |
120 |
(Note 4) |

Length of foreign key column list (Note 2) |
120 |
(Note 4) |

Columns in a |
6 |
255 (Note 5) |

Length of |
120 |
(Note 5) |

Sort specifications in |
6 |
255 (Note 5) |

Length of |
120 |
(Note 5) |

Columns in a referential integrity constraint |
6 |
32 |

Tables referenced in a SQL statement |
15 |
No limit |

Cursors simultaneously open |
10 |
(Note 6) |

Items in a |
100 |
1,000 |

Note 1: The number of `SET`

clauses in an `UPDATE`

statement refers to the number items separated by commas following the `SET`

keyword.

Note 2: The FIPS PUB defines the length of a collection of columns to be the sum of: twice the number of columns, the length of each character column in bytes, decimal precision plus 1 of each exact numeric column, binary precision divided by 4 plus 1 of each approximate numeric column.

Note 3: The Oracle limit for the maximum row length is based on the maximum length of a row containing a `LONG`

value of length 2 gigabytes and 999 `VARCHAR2`

values, each of length 4000 bytes: 2(254) + 231 + (999(4000)).

Note 4: The Oracle limit for a `UNIQUE`

key is half the size of an Oracle data block (specified by the initialization parameter `DB_BLOCK_SIZE`

) minus some overhead.

Note 5: Oracle places no limit on the number of columns in a `GROUP`

`BY`

clause or the number of sort specifications in an `ORDER`

`BY`

clause. However, the sum of the sizes of all the expressions in either a `GROUP`

`BY`

clause or an `ORDER`

`BY`

clause is limited to the size of an Oracle data block (specified by the initialization parameter `DB_BLOCK_SIZE`

) minus some overhead.

Note 6: The Oracle limit for the number of cursors simultaneously opened is specified by the initialization parameter `OPEN_CURSORS`

. The maximum value of this parameter depends on the memory available on your operating system and exceeds 100 in all cases.