Prepared statements and the statement cache

Prepared statements are inherently cached for a single session. This means that if a prepared statement is executed many times or if a single cursor is opened many times, the session uses the same prepared query plan.

If a session prepares a statement and then executes it many times, the SQL statement cache does not affect performance, because the statement is optimized just once during the PREPARE statement.

However, if other sessions also prepare that same statement, or if the first session prepares the statement several times, the statement cache usually provides a direct performance benefit, because the database server only calculates the query plan once. Of course, the original session might gain a small benefit from the statement cache, even if it only prepares the statement once, because other sessions use less memory, and the database server does less work for the other sessions


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