Increase the size of the data page cache

You can increase the size of a database's data page cache, which consists of the data pages kept in memory. When Derby can access a database page from the cache instead of reading it from disk, it can return data much more quickly.

The default size of the data page cache is 1000 pages. In a multi-user environment, or in an environment where the user accesses a lot of data, increase the size of the cache. You configure its size with the property. For more information about how to set this property and how to estimate memory use, see the "Derby properties" section of the Derby Reference Manual.

Note: Derby can run even with a small amount of memory and even with a small data page cache, although it might perform poorly. Increasing the amount of memory available to Derby and increasing the size of the data page cache improve performance.

In addition, you might want to prime all the caches in the background to make queries run faster when the user gets around to running them.

These caches include:
Related concepts
Use prepared statements with substitution parameters
Create indexes, and make sure they are being used
Ensure table statistics are accurate
Tune the size of database pages
Avoid expensive queries
Use the appropriate getXXX and setXXX methods for the type
Tune database booting/class loading
Avoid inserts in autocommit mode if possible
Improve the performance of table functions
Configure Derby to use an in-memory database