What is slow RMAN or Media Management Library?

Backup execution time  is slow.. where is the problem?

When we perform backup using third party software and backup of database is slow, there always is some uncertain who is causing the slowness.

The Database Administrator (DBA) says: is Media Management Library (aka MML) and Backup Operator says: is RMAN.

To end this conflict I ​​will show how to identify where is the problem.

I'll use the term RMAN (like RMAN spend time), but actually means Database spend time. Because RMAN is only a client. So typically the database is slow and not RMAN Client is slow.

Note: I will not diagnose what is causing it, I will only  help you  identify whether the problem is, in  MML or RMAN.

Media Management

The Oracle Media Management Layer (MML) API lets third-party vendors build a media manager, software that works with RMAN and the vendor's hardware to allow backups to sequential media devices such as tape drives. A media manager handles loading, unloading, and labeling of sequential media such as tapes.

RMAN Interaction with a Media Manager

RMAN does not issue specific commands to load, label, or unload tapes. When backing up, RMAN gives the media manager a stream of bytes and associates a unique name with this stream. When RMAN must restore the backup, it asks the media manager to retrieve the byte stream. All details of how and where that stream is stored are handled entirely by the media manager. For example, the media manager labels and keeps track of the tape and names of files on each tape, and automatically loads and unloads tapes, or signals an operator to do so.

RMAN provides a list of files requiring backup or restore to the media manager, which in turn makes all decisions regarding how and when to move the data.

Before RMAN making a call to any of functions in the media management API, the server create a EVENT WAIT. So, These with  EVENT WAIT  is possible to get the number of  wait (in seconds or number) that the server has been waiting for this call to return.

So, we can calculate it and find out how much time RMAN spend waiting MML (e.g writing  or querying a backup piece filename) processing request and return to RMAN.

Complete list  EVENT of MML

Oracle 11.2 or above:

SELECT NAME
FROM   V$EVENT_NAME
WHERE  NAME LIKE '%MML%';
NAME
----------------------------------------
Backup: MML initialization
Backup: MML v1 open backup piece
Backup: MML v1 read backup piece
Backup: MML v1 write backup piece
Backup: MML v1 close backup piece
Backup: MML v1 query backup piece
Backup: MML v1 delete backup piece
Backup: MML create a backup piece
Backup: MML commit backup piece
Backup: MML command to channel
Backup: MML shutdown
Backup: MML obtain textual error
Backup: MML query backup piece
Backup: MML extended initialization
Backup: MML read backup piece
Backup: MML delete backup piece
Backup: MML restore backup piece
Backup: MML write backup piece
Backup: MML proxy initialize backup
Backup: MML proxy cancel
Backup: MML proxy commit backup piece
Backup: MML proxy session end
Backup: MML datafile proxy backup?
Backup: MML datafile proxy restore?
Backup: MML proxy initialize restore
Backup: MML proxy start data movement
Backup: MML data movement done?
Backup: MML proxy prepare to start
Backup: MML obtain a direct buffer
Backup: MML release a direct buffer
Backup: MML get base address
Backup: MML query for direct buffers

Previous version of Oracle Database 11.2 the Event name MML does not exists because it’s was changed on version 11.2 from %STB% to %MML%.

So, If you are using Oracle 11.1 or previous you can query V$EVENT_NAME where NAME like '%sbt%'.

SELECT NAME
FROM   V$EVENT_NAME
WHERE  NAME LIKE '%sbt%';

Backup: sbtinit
Backup: ssbtopen
Backup: ssbtread
Backup: ssbtwrite
Backup: ssbtbackup
.
.
.

So, lets start...
Oracle store statistics (cumulative, since database was started) of these wait on v$system_event. I always use GV$ because is very common we admin RAC env on this days.

Before start backup I'll take a snapshot intial of gv$system_event...by creating a table RMAN_MML_EVENT_T1.

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CREATE TABLE  RMAN_MML_EVENT_T1 AS
SELECT inst_id,
  event,
  TOTAL_WAITS,
  TOTAL_TIMEOUTS,
  TIME_WAITED,
  AVERAGE_WAIT,
  TIME_WAITED_MICRO,
  sysdate as SNAPSHOT_TIME
FROM gv$system_event
WHERE event LIKE 'Backup%';

SQL> select * from RMAN_MML_EVENT_T1;

   INST_ID EVENT                                   TOTAL_WAITS TOTAL_TIMEOUTS TIME_WAITED AVERAGE_WAIT TIME_WAITED_MICRO SNAPSHOT_TIME
---------- --------------------------------------- ----------- -------------- ----------- ------------ ----------------- -----------------
         1 Backup: MML initialization                      371              0       54365       146.54         543651136 08-08-12 17:11:05
         1 Backup: MML create a backup piece               450              0        4827        10.73          48270960 08-08-12 17:11:05
         1 Backup: MML commit backup piece                 450              0        7417        16.48          74172281 08-08-12 17:11:05
         1 Backup: MML shutdown                            371              0          47          .13            469267 08-08-12 17:11:05
         1 Backup: MML query backup piece                  894              0       11222        12.55         112222166 08-08-12 17:11:05
         1 Backup: MML extended initialization             371              0           0            0              3655 08-08-12 17:11:05
         1 Backup: MML delete backup piece                 444              0        5348        12.05          53480530 08-08-12 17:11:05
         1 Backup: MML write backup piece              1378078              0     3053683         2.22        3.0537E+10 08-08-12 17:11:05

8 rows selected.

I started backup using RMAN and MML (Tivoli Storage Manager). When backup finished you can query V$RMAN_BACKUP_JOB_DETAILS to get accurate time of backup

SELECT START_TIME,
  END_TIME,
  ROUND(INPUT_BYTES  /1024/1024/1024,2) IMPUT_GBYTES ,
  ROUND(OUTPUT_BYTES /1024/1024/1024,2) OUTPUT_GBYTES,
  INPUT_TYPE,
  ELAPSED_SECONDS
FROM V$RMAN_BACKUP_JOB_DETAILS
WHERE TRUNC(START_TIME) = TRUNC(SYSDATE)
AND INPUT_TYPE LIKE 'DB%';

START_TIME        END_TIME          IMPUT_GBYTES OUTPUT_GBYTES INPUT_TYPE    ELAPSED_SECONDS
----------------- ----------------- ------------ ------------- ------------- ---------------
08-08-12 17:23:44 08-08-12 17:26:38        12.85         10.06 DB FULL                   174

In my case the backup full take 174 seconds to backup read 12.85GB and Write on MML 10.06GB of data

So, after backup finish I take the 2nd snapshot by creating the table RMAN_SNAPSHOT_T2.


CREATE TABLE  RMAN_SNAPSHOT_T2 AS
SELECT inst_id,
  event,
  TOTAL_WAITS,
  TOTAL_TIMEOUTS,
  TIME_WAITED,
  AVERAGE_WAIT,
  TIME_WAITED_MICRO,
  sysdate as SNAPSHOT_TIME
FROM gv$system_event
WHERE event LIKE 'Backup%';

SQL> select * from RMAN_MML_EVENT_T2;

   INST_ID EVENT                                   TOTAL_WAITS TOTAL_TIMEOUTS TIME_WAITED AVERAGE_WAIT TIME_WAITED_MICRO SNAPSHOT_TIME
---------- --------------------------------------- ----------- -------------- ----------- ------------ ----------------- -----------------
         1 Backup: MML initialization                      373              0       54665       146.56         546652333 08-08-12 17:27:45
         1 Backup: MML create a backup piece               454              0        4860        10.71          48604759 08-08-12 17:27:45
         1 Backup: MML commit backup piece                 454              0        7482        16.48          74820999 08-08-12 17:27:45
         1 Backup: MML shutdown                            373              0          47          .13            471590 08-08-12 17:27:45
         1 Backup: MML query backup piece                  900              0       11281        12.53         112808077 08-08-12 17:27:45
         1 Backup: MML extended initialization             373              0           0            0              3665 08-08-12 17:27:45
         1 Backup: MML delete backup piece                 446              0        5373        12.05          53727006 08-08-12 17:27:45
         1 Backup: MML write backup piece              1419274              0     3067298         2.16        3.0673E+10 08-08-12 17:27:45

8 rows selected.

Now I can calculate the values from RMAN_MML_EVENT_T2 minus RMAN_MML_EVENT_T1 to get the real time spend on MML.
Note:
EVENT: Name of the wait event
TOTAL_WAITS: Total number of waits for the event
TOTAL_TIMEOUTS: Total number of timeouts for the event
TIME_WAITED: Total amount of time waited for the event (in hundredths of a second)
AVERAGE_WAIT: Average amount of time waited for the event (in hundredths of a second)
TIME_WAITED_MICRO: Total amount of time waited for the event (in microseconds)

SELECT t1.inst_id,
  t1.event,
  t2.total_waits       - t1.total_waits total_waits,
  t2.total_timeouts    -t1.total_timeouts total_timeouts,
  t2.time_waited       - t1.time_waited time_waited,
  t2.time_waited_micro - t1.time_waited_micro time_waited_micro
FROM RMAN_MML_EVENT_T1 T1,
  RMAN_MML_EVENT_T2 T2
WHERE t1.inst_id = t2.inst_id
AND t1.event     = t2.event;

   INST_ID EVENT                                   TOTAL_WAITS TOTAL_TIMEOUTS TIME_WAITED TIME_WAITED_MICRO
---------- --------------------------------------- ----------- -------------- ----------- -----------------
         1 Backup: MML initialization                        2              0         300           3001197
         1 Backup: MML create a backup piece                 4              0          33            333799
         1 Backup: MML commit backup piece                   4              0          65            648718
         1 Backup: MML shutdown                              2              0           0              2323
         1 Backup: MML query backup piece                    6              0          59            585911
         1 Backup: MML extended initialization               2              0           0                10
         1 Backup: MML delete backup piece                   2              0          25            246476
         1 Backup: MML write backup piece                41196              0       13615         136141912

8 rows selected.

As I can see above the MML spend more time writing backup piece.

So, I'll sum the time to get total time spend on MML.

SELECT SUM (total_waits) total_waits,
  SUM(total_timeouts) total_timeouts ,
  SUM (time_waited)/100 time_waited_in_second,
  SUM (time_waited_micro) time_waited_micro
FROM
  (SELECT t1.inst_id,
    t1.event,
    t2.total_waits       - t1.total_waits total_waits,
    t2.total_timeouts    -t1.total_timeouts total_timeouts,
    t2.time_waited       - t1.time_waited time_waited,
    t2.time_waited_micro - t1.time_waited_micro time_waited_micro
  FROM RMAN_MML_EVENT_T1 T1,
    RMAN_MML_EVENT_T2 T2
  WHERE t1.inst_id = t2.inst_id
  AND t1.event     = t2.event
  )

TOTAL_WAITS TOTAL_TIMEOUTS TIME_WAITED_IN_SECOND TIME_WAITED_MICRO
----------- -------------- --------------------- -----------------
      41218              0                140.97         140960346

Calculating time total of backup window, time spend on MML and time spend of RMAN.

Note: TIME_SPEND_BY_RMAN = (ELAPSED_SECOND_BACKUP-TIME_SPEND_BY_MML_SECOND)

ELAPSED_SECONDS_BACKUP          TIME_SPEND_BY_MML_SECOND       TIME_SPEND_BY_RMAN_SECOND
------------------------------ ------------------------------ -------------------
174                             140.97                         33.03

Summarizing:
Total time of backup : 174
Time spend by MML: 141
Time spend by RMAN : 33

If this backup is slow is because MML take (141*100/174) 81% of time spend of backup window.

Additional info:
As my backup was done over Lan:
(10.06GB * 1024 = 10301MB)
10301MB / 144 = 71Mbytes/second

As I'm using network interface of 1 Gbit I can consider a normal throughput.

Also you can monitoring in real time where is wait.

Just execute this script above:

Note : if you are using previous version of 11.2 change %MML% to %sbt%.

vi monitoring_mml.sh
sqlplus -s sys/<password>@<db_name> as sysdba<<EOF
set echo off
COLUMN EVENT FORMAT a17
COLUMN SECONDS_IN_WAIT FORMAT 999
COLUMN STATE FORMAT a15
COLUMN CLIENT_INFO FORMAT a30
set linesize 200

select to_char(sysdate,'dd-mm-yyyy hh24:mi:ss') actual_date from dual;

SELECT p.SPID, sw.EVENT, sw.SECONDS_IN_WAIT AS SEC_WAIT, 
       sw.STATE, CLIENT_INFO
FROM   gV\$SESSION_WAIT sw, gv\$SESSION s, gV\$PROCESS p
WHERE  sw.EVENT LIKE '%MML%'
AND    s.SID=sw.SID
AND    s.PADDR=p.ADDR;
EOF
exit

Using shell execute the command above, and you will see in real time the wait on MML.

while true
do
sh monitoring_mml.sh
sleep 1
done

.

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6 Comments on “What is slow RMAN or Media Management Library?”

  1. Gurgel says:

    Great ….

    Like

  2. fgomezmex says:

    Nice article, thanks. Just I would like to ask you a question, does mean that MML isn’t capable to write in a local tape unit, so only requires a tape software (manager) to handle backups to tape in rman?

    Thanks.

    Like

  3. Amit says:

    excellent article
    many thanks for writing.

    Like

  4. Riyaz says:

    goooooooooooooooooooooooooood very helpfull..

    Like


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