How can I monitor the refresh history and identify potential issues with dynamic tables?

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How can I monitor the refresh history and identify potential issues with dynamic tables?

Daniel Steinhold Asked question March 15, 2024

Snowflake offers multiple tools and techniques to monitor the refresh history and identify potential issues with dynamic tables. Here are some key methods:

1. Snowsight UI:

  • Refresh History Tab: For a quick overview, navigate to the specific dynamic table in Snowsight. The "Refresh History" tab displays information like:
    • Last successful refresh time.
    • Target lag time (desired refresh frequency).
    • Longest actual lag time (identifies potential delays).

2. Information Schema Functions:

Snowflake provides powerful Information Schema functions to delve deeper into dynamic table refresh history and dependencies. Here are two important ones:

  • DYNAMIC_TABLE_REFRESH_HISTORY: This function delivers detailed historical data about a dynamic table's refreshes. You can query it to identify:

    • Timestamps of past refresh attempts.
    • Success or failure status of each refresh.
    • Any error messages associated with failed refreshes.
  • DYNAMIC_TABLE_GRAPH_HISTORY: This function provides a broader perspective by showcasing the entire data pipeline dependency graph. It reveals:

    • Scheduling state (RUNNING/SUSPENDED) of all dynamic tables involved.
    • Historical changes in table properties over time.
    • Potential bottlenecks or issues within the chain of dependent tables.

3. Alerts and Notifications:

Snowflake allows you to set up alerts to be notified automatically when issues arise. You can configure alerts to trigger based on conditions like:

  • Failed Refresh Attempts: Receive notifications if a dynamic table refresh fails consecutively for a certain number of times.
  • Excessive Lag Time: Get alerted if the actual lag time significantly exceeds the target lag time, indicating potential delays in data updates.

4. Custom Monitoring Dashboards:

For comprehensive monitoring, you can leverage Snowflake's integration with BI tools to create custom dashboards. These dashboards can visualize various metrics like refresh history, success rates, and lag times, allowing you to proactively identify and troubleshoot issues within your dynamic table pipelines.

By combining these techniques, you can gain valuable insights into the health and performance of your dynamic tables in Snowflake. Regular monitoring helps ensure your data pipelines are functioning smoothly and delivering up-to-date, reliable data for your analytics needs.

Daniel Steinhold Changed status to publish March 15, 2024

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