17.10 - TempBLCInterval - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - Database Utilities

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
July 2021
English (United States)
Last Update

Specifies the amount of time in minutes that the background temperature-based block-level compression (TBBLC) task waits after compressing or uncompressing data before checking for other data to process. The field is effective only when TBBLC is enabled.

Field Group


Valid Range

1 through 120 minutes


10 minutes

Changes Take Effect

The first time the background compression task runs after the DBS Control Record has been written.

Usage Notes

Once all cylinders of a Master Index AMP have been processed during a given scan cycle, temperature-based block-level compression (TBBLC) sleeps until TempBLCRescanPeriod triggers the start of a new scan cycle or a database restart triggers a new scan cycle.

Data temperatures refers to frequency of access:

  • Hot data is frequently accessed.
  • Cold data is infrequently accessed.
  • Warm data is accessed moderately frequently.

Data temperature is measured separately for each AMP at a cylinder level and is a relative measure because the temperature of cylinders can change even if the data it is not directly accessed. This is because it depends on how often other cylinders are accessed in comparison. TBBLC automatically compresses cold data to save storage space and decompresses Warm or Hot data if it was previously Cold (and thus compressed). At any time, different portions of a table, which are spread among many cylinders, may exist in different states of compression depending on their temperatures.

BLC enables data compression at the data block (DB) level of the file system. Compression reduces the amount of storage required for a given amount of data. The BlockLevelCompression field of DBS Control enables and disables BLC.

Related Information

For more information on… See…
Block-Level Compression Teradata Vantage™ - Database Design, B035-1094.
BLOCKCOMPRESSION table attribute Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Data Definition Language Syntax and Examples, B035-1144.
Enabling TBBLC EnableTempBLC.
Ferret COMPRESS, UNCOMPRESS, and FORCE commands Ferret Utility (ferret).
Query bands for compression Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Data Definition Language Syntax and Examples, B035-1144.
Storage group of DBS Control fields Storage Group.