16.10 - No Primary Index (NoPI) Tables - Teradata Database

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April 2018
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English (United States)

You can create tables without a primary index (NoPI). The performance of FastLoad and Teradata Parallel Data Pump (TPump) Array INSERT operations can be enhanced by using NoPI staging tables.

You can use NoPI tables as intermediate work tables where PI access is not a consideration. The system automatically balances the distribution of NoPI tables across AMPs.

NoPI tables are designed for these circumstances:

  • Temporary use
  • When you have not yet determined a suitable primary index
  • Column-partitioning (which cannot be done on tables with a primary index)

In all other circumstances, Teradata recommends that you specify a primary index when you create a table.