Database Service Names for Autonomous Data Warehouse

You are required to select a service when you connect to the database. The service names for Autonomous Data Warehouse connections are in the format:

  • databasename_high

  • databasename_medium

  • databasename_low

These services map to the LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH consumer groups.

For example, if you create an Autonomous Database with a Data Warehouse workload type and specify the database name as DB2024, your service names are:

  • db2024_high

  • db2024_medium

  • db2024_low

If you connect using the db2024_low service, the connection uses the LOW consumer group.

The basic characteristics of these consumer groups are:

  • HIGH: Highest resources, lowest concurrency. Queries run in parallel.

  • MEDIUM: Less resources, higher concurrency. Queries run in parallel.

    Picking one of the predefined services provides concurrency values that work well for most applications. In cases where selecting one of the default services does not meet your application’s performance needs, you can use the MEDIUM service and modify the concurrency limit. For example, when you run single-user benchmarks, you can set the concurrency limit of the MEDIUM service to 1 in order to obtain the highest degree of parallelism (DOP).

    Depending on your compute model, ECPU or OCPU, see the following for more information.

  • LOW: Least resources, highest concurrency. Queries run serially.


After connecting to the database using one service, do not attempt to manually switch that connection to a different service by simply changing the consumer group of the connection. When you connect using a service, Autonomous Database performs more actions to configure the connection than just setting its consumer group. You can use the procedure CS_SESSION.SWITCH_SERVICE to switch to a different service.

See SWITCH_SERVICE Procedure for more information.