When you generate a report, it can take days to assemble the required dataset and produce the report, depending on the required datasets. Instead of assembling datasets at the time of report generation, you can enable the auto-cache feature for the report.
Auto-cache is a setting that tells the system to automatically generate hcache. The hcache (hard cache) means that the cache stays on disk in the form of database tables instead of memory. Hcache is applied to “matured” database tables. When a database table rolls, it becomes “mature”, meaning the table will not grow anymore. Therefore, it is unnecessary to query this database table each time for the same SQL query, so hcache is used. Hcache runs queries on matured database tables in advance and caches the interim results of each query. When it is time to generate the report, much of the datasets are already assembled, and the system only needs to merge the results from hcaches. This reduces report generation time significantly.
The auto-cache process uses system resources to assemble and cache the datasets and it takes extra space to save the query results. You should only enable auto-cache for reports that require a long time to assemble datasets.