Category: Execution Plans

Jonathan Kehayias starts a new blog series where he tests the impact that a specific plan shape might have on ASYNC_NETWORK_IO waits.
Erin Stellato discusses the performance impact of a predominately adhoc workload in SQL Server.
Paul White explains why the IGNORE_DUP_KEY index option on a clustered index can result in much poorer performance than for a nonclustered unique index.
Aaron Bertrand introduces Scalar UDF Inlining, a long-awaited feature in SQL Server 2019 that will improve the performance of some workloads.
January 22, 2019 | | Execution Plans 0
Jonathan Kehayias shares insight about new UDF information in showplan, and shows that only some tools will show it (SSMS 17+ & SentryOne Plan Explorer).
In the conclusion of his series on grouping and aggregation costs, Itzik Ben-Gan reveals some of the math behind seek vs. scan decisions.
In the fourth installment of his series on optimization thresholds, Itzik Ben-Gan looks at how SQL Server applies costs to parallel operations.
Itzik Ben-Gan dissects the Hash Match (Aggregate) algorithm in his latest post in a series on SQL Server optimization thresholds.
Continuing his series on optimization thresholds, Itzik Ben-Gan dives into the costs behind stream aggregates when the data needs to be sorted first.
For his first post on, Itzik Ben-Gan shows you how to reverse engineer optimizer costing for a Stream Aggregate operator.
Rob Farley describes a tactic where adding multiple predicates around separate date and time columns can win you some better performance.
March 29, 2018 | | Execution Plans, T-SQL 0
Paul White continues his series on row goals, treating a redundant and problematic TOP (1) that is added to the inner side of an apply anti join.
March 19, 2018 | | Execution Plans 0
Usually DISTINCT and GROUP BY will yield the same results, but here Rob Farley explains cases that can break the rule.
March 13, 2018 | | Execution Plans, T-SQL 0
Continuing his in-depth series on row goals, Paul White explains both why and how they can impact queries involving anti joins.
March 7, 2018 | | Execution Plans 0
Continuing his series on row goals, Paul White explains how they can impact certain types of semi joins, and how you can spot these effects in showplan and trace flag output.
February 22, 2018 | | Execution Plans 0

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