Returning our attention to the question "Where does the time go?", we need to look at Direct I/O times. Direct I/O is I/O that occurs directly to disk without an intermediate visit or presence in the Bufferpools. Direct I/O is used by DB2 in support of LONG and LOB objects. Even if you think you are not using LONG and LOB objects, you are implicitly using them as these data types are found throughout the DB2 catalog.
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