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  • Mastering Execution Plan Analysis - Melbourne 6 Feb 2015

    Over the years I have spent working with SQL Server, the personal time investment that has repaid itself more than any other is becoming intimately familiar with execution plans and how they can be used to diagnose and correct performance problems. There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about execution plans, the query optimizer, and how ...
    Posted to Paul White: Page Free Space (Weblog) by Paul White on November 26, 2014
  • 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
  • Join Performance, Implicit Conversions, and Residuals

    You probably already know that it’s important to be aware of data types when writing queries, and that implicit conversions between types can lead to poor query performance.  Some people have gone so far as to write scripts to search the plan cache for CONVERT_IMPLICIT elements, and others routinely inspect plans for that type of thing when ...
    Posted to Paul White: Page Free Space (Weblog) by Paul White on July 18, 2011
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