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<concept id="max_scan_range_length">
<title>MAX_SCAN_RANGE_LENGTH Query Option</title>
<titlealts audience="PDF"><navtitle>MAX_SCAN_RANGE_LENGTH</navtitle></titlealts>
<data name="Category" value="Impala"/>
<data name="Category" value="Impala Query Options"/>
<data name="Category" value="Performance"/>
<data name="Category" value="Developers"/>
<data name="Category" value="Data Analysts"/>
<indexterm audience="hidden">MAX_SCAN_RANGE_LENGTH query option</indexterm>
Maximum length of the scan range. Interacts with the number of HDFS blocks in the table to determine how many
CPU cores across the cluster are involved with the processing for a query. (Each core processes one scan
Lowering the value can sometimes increase parallelism if you have unused CPU capacity, but a too-small value
can limit query performance because each scan range involves extra overhead.
Only applicable to HDFS tables. Has no effect on Parquet tables. Unspecified or 0 indicates backend default,
which is the same as the HDFS block size for each table.
Although the scan range can be arbitrarily long, Impala internally uses an 8 MB read buffer so that it can
query tables with huge block sizes without allocating equivalent blocks of memory.
<b>Type:</b> numeric
<p rev="IMPALA-3799">
In <keyword keyref="impala27_full"/> and higher, the argument value can include unit specifiers,
such as <codeph>100m</codeph> or <codeph>100mb</codeph>. In previous versions,
Impala interpreted such formatted values as 0, leading to query failures.
<b>Default:</b> 0