LegacySpaceAcctg - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Database Utilities

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
July 2021
English (United States)
Last Update
Product Category
Teradata Vantage™
Determines whether Vantage uses legacy or global space accounting. By default, Vantage uses global space accounting.
  • Legacy space accounting makes cumulative space allocations to the AMPs that equal the maximum space value at allocation time, and the space limit for each AMP is set to the per-AMP quota. Vantage monitors the AMP space usage, and violations of space limitations are treated as exceptions, even if total use at the global database level is less than the maximum.
  • Global space accounting allows AMPs to temporarily utilize space beyond per-AMP maximum space values on an as-needed basis, provided the space utilization does not exceed the database maximum. Space allocations and de-allocations for AMPs happen dynamically as needed in the background as modifications are made to database and user tables. The amount by which AMPs can utilize extra space is determined by the SKEW option in CREATE DATABASE and CREATE USER statements, or by the system default settings defined by DBS Control fields DefaultPermSkewLimitPercent, DefaultSpoolSkewLimitPercent, and DefaultTempSkewLimitPercent.

Field Group


Valid Settings

Setting Description
TRUE Vantage uses legacy space accounting, and prevents creation of databases and users with non-zero SKEW values.

Additionally, DSA perm space errors during archive/restore operations cause the operations to abort.

FALSE Vantage uses global space accounting, and allows creation of databases and users with non-zero SKEW values.

Additionally, DSA perm space errors during archive/restore operations are ignored, allowing the operations to continue to run.



Changes Take Effect

After the DBS Control record has been written.

Changes to the value do not change the space accounting used for databases and users that were already created. If a database has been created with a non-zero SKEW value, it will use global space accounting and continue to do so, even if the value of LegacySpaceAcctg is subsequently changed to TRUE.

Usage Notes

  • Regardless of the field setting, databases and users created with a SKEW value of zero will use legacy space accounting.
  • The legacy space accounting method does not have the overhead of dynamic need-based space allocations. It is best suited when the database is expected to have uniform data distribution across all the AMPs in the system, or the global limit is set high enough to allow for variability in data distribution due to skew in the data.
  • The global space accounting method is best suited when the actual space usage is expected to be non-uniform across the AMPs.

Related Information

For more information on... See...
the SKEW option for DDL, such as CREATE DATABASE and CREATE USER Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Data Definition Language Syntax and Examples, B035-1144.
related DBS Control fields