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  • Parallel Execution Plans Suck

    Summary: A deep dive into SQL Server parallelism, and a potential performance problem with parallel plans that use TOP. There was an interesting question asked by Mark Storey-Smith on dba.stackexchange.com back in October 2011.  He was looking at the execution plan for a query that counts a million rows from a virtual auxiliary table of ...
    Posted to Paul White: Page Free Space (Weblog) by Paul White on May 2, 2012
  • Forcing a Parallel Query Execution Plan

    This post is for SQL Server developers who have experienced the special kind of frustration, which only comes from spending hours trying to convince the query optimizer to generate a parallel execution plan.  This situation often occurs when making an apparently innocuous change to the text of a moderately complex query; a change which ...
    Posted to Paul White: Page Free Space (Weblog) by Paul White on December 22, 2011
  • How Parallelism Works in SQL Server

    You might have noticed that January was a quiet blogging month for me.  Part of the reason was that I was working on a series of articles for Simple Talk, examining how parallel query execution really works.  The first part is published today ...
    Posted to Paul White: Page Free Space (Weblog) by Paul White on March 5, 2011
  • Myth: SQL Server Caches a Serial Plan with every Parallel Plan

    Many people believe that whenever SQL Server creates an execution plan that uses parallelism, an alternative serial plan is also cached.  The idea seems to be that the execution engine then decides between the parallel and serial alternatives at runtime. I’ve seen this on forums, in blogs, and even in books.  In fairness, a lot of the ...
    Posted to Paul White: Page Free Space (Weblog) by Paul White on November 4, 2010
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