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Disable Transparent Hugepages on SLES11, RHEL6, RHEL7, OL6, OL7 and UEK2 Kernels

This blog post is not related to database upgrades and migrations. But still I think it is very useful for many customers operating on modern Linux systems.

Recommendation 

Support just published an ALERT strongly recommending to disable Transparent Hugepages on Linux systems. And the below information does not apply to RAC systems only but also to single instance environments.

Which Linux Distrubutions/Kernels are affected? 

  • SLES11
  • RHEL6 and RHEL7
  • OL6 and OL7
  • UEK2 Kernels

What are the Issues? 

I’m quoting MOS Note: 1557478.1 (ALERT: Disable Transparent HugePages on SLES11, RHEL6, RHEL7, OL6, OL7 and UEK2 Kernels):

Because Transparent HugePages are

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OEL6 and RHEL6 certification

Well, it took some time until Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 got finally certified on Oracle Unbreakable Linux 6 (OEL6) and RHEL6 (see the official announcement here). One really interesting change is that effective immediately, Oracle will provide its Red Hat compatible Linux binaries, updates and errata for free http://public-yum.oracle.com

Finally MOS now has been updated as well (please go to the CERTIFICATION tab):

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