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In the Memory Areas user menu you can see, among other things, the sizes of the most important caches, the number of accesses to these caches, and the cache hit rates since the last time the Database Monitoring function was started.


Open the Database Assistant (transaction DB50) or the liveCache Assistant (transaction LC10). Choose   Current Status   Memory Areas   Caches  .


Open the DBA Cockpit (transaction DBACOCKPIT) and select   Space   Caches  .


The system displays information about the size and general efficiency of the caches of the database. In a balanced system, the hit rate for the data cache is more than 99 %, for the catalog cache more than 90 %. The lower the hit rate, the lower the efficiency of your database system.

Cache Sizes

Size of the I/O buffer cache, the data cache and other caches (in 8 KB pages)

Cache accesses

Statistical information about accesses to the data cache; for SAP liveCache, also information about accesses to the OMS data, SQL data, and links to undo log entries for the objects.

Cache-specific parameter settings

CacheMemorySize: Size of the I/O buffer cache

CAT_CACHE_SUPPLY: Size of the catalog cache

The I/O buffer cache (with its main component, the data cache) should be configured large enough that the greatest possible amount of data you require for normal operation of your SAP system can be stored in the data cache. Otherwise, the data is written to the data area, which negatively affects database performance. If necessary, change the size of the I/O buffer cache by setting the general database parameter CacheMemorySize.

For SAP systems with special requirements, a higher data cache hit rate may also be necessary (such as SAP NetWeaver BI).

Comments About SAP liveCache Technology

The I/O buffer cache, and therefore the data cache as well, must be dimensioned so that it can hold all OMS data, links to undo log entries, and SQL data in the data cache. Otherwise, the data is written to the data area, which negatively affects SAP liveCache performance.

The memory of the data cache should take up about 40% of the main memory available to the SAP liveCache database. You may need to adjust its size to the requirements of the application.

For more information, refer to: Monitoring the Main Memory Areas

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