An evaluation of whether a system works well enough to be fit for purpose. Normally performance refers to the speed with which a system completes an operation or set of operations over time.

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What are the top 3 performance Issues that you encounter with your SQL Servers?

I am a student from Fontys University in Eindhoven, and I am currently carrying out a series of interviews to help with the development of a SQL Server tool and I would like to get feedback from the ...
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Does “WHERE 1=1” usually have an impact on query performance?

I recently saw the question "where 1=1 statement"; a SQL construct I have used often in constructing dynamic SQL in an effort to write cleaner code (from the perspective of the host language). ...
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Aggressive Autovacuum on PostgreSQL

I'm trying to get PostgreSQL to aggressively auto vacuum my database. I've currently configured auto vacuum as follows: autovacuum_vacuum_cost_delay = 0 #Turn off cost based vacuum ...
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How do indices impact query performance?

Obviously keeping several different indices has a negative impact on insert and delete performance. How about query performance: Does it make sense at all keeping too many indices on a table? Will the ...
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How to efficiently check EXISTS on multiple columns?

This is an issue I come up against periodically and have not yet found a good solution for. Supposing the following table structure CREATE TABLE T ( A INT PRIMARY KEY, B CHAR(1000) NULL, C ...
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How to know when/if I have too many indexes?

Running Microsoft SQL Server Profiler every now and then, it suggests me with a bunch of new indexes and statistics to create ("...97% estimated improvement..."). From my understanding every added ...
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@table_variable or #temp_table

I have a big user defined table type variable that has 129 columns. I will store around 2000-3000 records in this table variable at a time and pass it to various stored procedures and functions to get ...
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Should NOT IN be avoided?

Among SQL Server developers, it's a widely held belief that NOT IN is terribly slow, and queries should be rewritten so that they return the same result but do not use the "evil" keywords. (Example) ...
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Order by column should have index or not?

I have added indexes to table which are used for searching result. I am showing results by ASC or DESC order. So that column should have index or not? I have 2 more indexes on that table. How ...
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SQL Server Cache Flush and Disk I/O

We're busy load testing an OLTP system we've developed in .NET 4.0 and runs SQL Server 2008 R2 in the back. The system uses SQL Server Service Broker queues, which are very performant, but we are ...
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Where is the INNODB Performance Leak?

I have a weird problem which I cannot seem to fix. I'm more an web programmer than a Server/DB Admin, so I hope someone here can help me. The Situation I am working on a system which handles a lot ...
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Placing Transaction Log on Separate Volume [solid state]?

Transaction logs are often isolated on a separate volume. The rationale for this practice, as I understand it, is that the transaction log's data is written sequentially -- and hard drives can execute ...
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SQL Server: Has anyone used the large-page allocations tuning option?

Has anyone used the tuning option of using TF834 large page allocations. I was just reading an MS article on it and was wondering if anybody had used it and seen performance gains. Are there any ...
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Methods of speeding up a huge DELETE FROM <table> with no clauses

Using SQL Server 2005. I am performing a huge DELETE FROM with no where clauses. It's basically equivalent to a TRUNCATE TABLE statement - except I'm not allowed to use TRUNCATE. The problem is ...
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How do you clear out all old query plans from within Microsoft SQL Server?

We have an off the shelf application that uses a Microsoft SQL database. Within this application we pick and choose various selection criteria for each report. This application then runs these ...
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Index Seek vs Index Scan

Looking at an execution plan of a slow running query and I noticed that some of the nodes are index seek and some of them are index scan. What is the difference between and index seek and an index ...
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How is LIKE implemented?

Can anyone explain how the LIKE operator is implemented in current database systems (e.g. MySQL or Postgres)? or point me to some references that explain it? The naive approach would be to inspect ...
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SQL Server - Temporary vs. Physical Tables

A movement is afoot in my place of employ to move away from using #temp tables and instead to use permanent physical tables with SPIDs. Whenever one would have previously INSERTed INTO a #temp table, ...
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Help me choose a RAID level combination for a SQL Server 2008 instance

I am going to rebuild one IBM 3400 server from scratch. This server is dedicated to a SQL Server 2008 instance running on Windows 2008 R2. I am going to make new RAID configuration. I have 6 SCSI ...
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SQL Server performance sudden degradation

I have a SQL Server 2005 that has become unpredictable of late, and I'm scratching my head as to why. Queries that executed in seconds are changing plans and taking minutes (taking the time in full ...
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Postgres query plan of a UDF invocation written in pgpsql

It's possible when using the pgadmin or plsql to get a hold of a query plan for a sql statement executed via a UDF (using EXPLAIN). So, how do I get a hold of the query plan for a particular ...
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Mysql int vs varchar as primary key (InnoDB Storage Engine?

I am build a web application (project management system) and I have been wondering about this when it come to performance. I have an Issues table an inside it there are 12 foreign keys linking to ...
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How many Sproc Parameters is too many?

I've just started writing a Stored Procedure in SQL Server 2008 and have 30+ parameters. I've never written one with more than ~10 parameters, and that got me thinking... At what point are there too ...
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When a previously-fast SQL query starts running slow, where do I look to find the source of the issue?

Background I have a query running against SQL Server 2008 R2 that joins and/or left-joins about 12 different "tables". The database is fairly large with many tables over 50 million rows and about 300 ...
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Is there a way to force an index to stay in memory with SQL Server 2008?

I've got a table with several millions rows, from which I need to run some queries from time to time. First query will usually be quite slow (around 10s), and subsequent queries are usually way faster ...
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Query Performance Tuning

When you finish writing a query/stored proc/function, what's the most informative way to quickly get some performance parameters? Do you run the query and view the actual execution plan? If so, what ...
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SQL Server TempDB behaviour in large memory environment

Reading over In-memory SQL Server log file reminded me of a question I had a short while ago. We have a SQL Server that has 512GB of RAM, the main database is (only) 450GB. We see quite a lot of ...
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Database suggestion for a social network/ knowledge base community?

I am looking into various database types and DBMS's for a new project I am wanting to start in the summer. I have built systems in MySQL and postgreSQL , now I am wanting to expand my knowledge and ...
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Reasons for occasionally slow queries?

We are running MySQL 5.1 on Windows Server 2008 R2. We have been doing some diagnostics on our database of late and have found some disturbing artifacts which we can't explain. We added some code to ...
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Optimising BCP performance for BLOB data

I'm the process of planning the live migration of a 2TB database to partitioned tables. The system is broadly speaking a document store, the majority of the space being allocated to LOBs of between ...
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Is the overhead of frequent query cache invalidation ever worth it?

I'm currently working on a MySQL database where we are seeing a large number of invalidations from the query cache, primarily because of the high number of INSERT, DELETE and UPDATE statements that ...
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How to optimize a query that's running slow on Nested Loops (Inner Join)

Consider the following simple query (only 3 tables involved) SELECT l.sku_id AS ProductId, l.is_primary AS IsPrimary, v1.category_name AS Category1, ...
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Updating 700 million rows to same value

I've got a data warehouse (oracle) where I need to set a column to the same value for all 700 million rows. I don't have admin access, or access to an admin, so this needs to be accomplished with ...
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Slow Performance Inserting Few Rows Into Huge Table

We have a process that takes data from stores and updates a company-wide inventory table. This table has rows for every store by date and by item. At customers with many stores, this table can get ...
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What is retrieved from disk during a query?

Fairly simple question, probably answered somewhere, but I can't seem to form the right search question for Google... Do the number of columns in a particular table affect the performance of a query, ...
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PostgreSQL Index Caching

I'm having difficulty finding 'lay' explanations of how indexes are cached in PostgreSQL, so I'd like a reality check on any or all of these assumptions: PostgreSQL indexes, like rows, live on disk ...
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Why using innodb_file_per_table?

There are many articles exaggerating (IMHO of course) the need for innodb_file_per_table. I understand that with innodb_file_per_table, there should be a better control over the individual tables; ...
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What could be causing strange query timeouts between PHP and MySQL?

I am the senior developer on a Software-as-a-Service application used by many different customers. Our software runs on a cluster of Apache / PHP application servers, powered by a MySQL backend. On ...
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How to boost performance of virgin queries in MS SQL Server?

I have ASP.NET web site that does it's own independent caching of data and data does not change for long periods of time, so it does not need to query SQL Server second time with same query. I need to ...
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How can I optimize this MySQL query further?

I have a query that is taking a particularly long time to run (15+ seconds) and it is only getting worse with time as my dataset grows. I have optimized this in the past, and have added indices, ...
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Why would MySQL do serial synchronous I/O?

When looking at a particularly annoying query over MyISAM tables which takes a long time to execute on a number of occasions, I have noted that MySQL seems to expose a rather strange I/O pattern: when ...
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How important are transaction log VLFs for performance?

How important are VLFs when considering database performance? What would describe an optimal situation for VLFs?
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Strategy to handle an SQL Server DB with too many files (BLOBs) in it?

Scenario: SQL Server 2005 database servicing an ASP.NET application (on a separate web servers). Database: DB has about 5GB of "normal" data in it, and about 15GB of "files" (e.g.: a 200k PDF stored ...
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What's better for large changes to a table: DELETE and INSERT every time or UPDATE existing?

I am making a project where I need to change around 36K records in one table daily. I'm wondering what will perform better: delete rows and insert new ones, or update already existing rows For me ...
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PostgreSQL Index optimization with dates

I have a large table of objects (15M rows +), for which I want to query for outdated field. PostgreSQL (9.0.8) I want to divide the query by millions, for scalability & concurrency purposes, and ...
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INSERT performance difference between temporary tables and table variable

I have the following issue in SQL Server 2005: trying to inserts some rows into a table variable takes a lot of time compared to the same insert using a temporary table. This is the code to insert ...
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More CPU cores vs faster disks

I'm part of a small company so as usual covering a number of different roles. The latest of which is procuring a dedicated SQL Server box for our .NET web app. We've been quoted on a dual Xeon E5-2620 ...
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In Google App Engine, what is the most effective many-to-many join model?

The BigTable design rejects many of the philosophies of standard relational models, explicitly preferring denormalization to a big host of tiny tables. One of the larger areas where this is a problem ...
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SQL Database Structure for RESTful API

I am creating a RESTful API. I am struggling to decide on the best way to design my database tables around my resources. Initially, I though a table per resource would be a good way to go, but I'm ...
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Inclusion of ORDER BY on query that returns no rows drastically affects performance

Given a simple three table join, query performance changes drastically when ORDER BY is included even with no rows returned. Actual problem scenario take 30 seconds to return zero rows but is instant ...