4.6 About Caching SQL Statements in UCP

This section describes how to cache SQL statements in UCP, in the following sections:

4.6.1 Overview of Statement Caching in UCP

Statement caching makes working with statements more efficient. Statement caching improves performance by caching executable statements that are used repeatedly and makes it unnecessary for programmers to explicitly reuse prepared statements. Statement caching eliminates overhead due to repeated cursor creation, repeated statement parsing and creation and reduces overhead of communication between applications and the database. Statement caching and reuse is transparent to an application. Each statement cache is associated with a physical connection. That is, each physical connection will have its own statement cache.

The match criteria for cached statements are as follows:

  • The SQL string in the statement must be the same (case-sensitive) to one in the cache.

  • The statement type must be the same (prepared or callable) to the one in the cache.

  • The scrollable type of result sets produced by the statement must be the same (forward-only or scrollable) as the one in the cache.

Statement caching is implemented and enabled differently depending on the JDBC driver vendor. The instructions in this section are specific to Oracle's JDBC driver. Statement caching on other vendors' drivers can be configured by setting a connection property on a connection factory. Refer to the JDBC vendor's documentation to determine whether statement caching is supported and if it can be set as a connection property. UCP does support JDBC 4.0 (JDK16) APIs to enable statement pooling if a JDBC vendor supports it.

4.6.2 Enabling Statement Caching in UCP

The maximum number of statements property specifies the number of statements to cache for each connection. The property only applies to the Oracle JDBC driver. If the property is not set, or if it is set to 0, then statement caching is disabled. By default, statement caching is disabled. When statement caching is enabled, a statement cache is associated with each physical connection maintained by the connection pool. A single statement cache is not shared across all physical connections.

The following example demonstrates enabling statement caching:


Determining the Statement Cache Size

The cache size should be set to the number of distinct statements the application issues to the database. If the number of statements that an application issues to the database is unknown, use the JDBC performance metrics to assist with determining the statement cache size.

Statement Cache Size Resource Issues

Each connection is associated with its own statement cache. Statements held in a connection's statement cache may hold on to database resources. It is possible that the number of opened connections combined with the number of cached statements for each connection could exceed the limit of open cursors allowed for the database. This issue may be avoided by reducing the number of statements allowed in the cache, or by increasing the limit of open cursors allowed by the database.