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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Why adding SQL Server user to “Perform volume maintenance tasks” improves the speed of database resizing so much?

If I want to create 5GB database with CREATE DATABASE [test] CONTAINMENT = NONE ON PRIMARY ( NAME = N'test', FILENAME = N'E:\2012\test.mdf' , SIZE = 5529600KB , FILEGROWTH = 1024KB ) LOG ON ( ...
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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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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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Testing stored procedure scalability

I have an email application that will be called upon to deliver to the UI the number of new messages for a given user on each page load. I have a few variations of things I am testing on the DB level ...
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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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Why are multiple COUNT faster than one SUM with CASE?

I wanted to know which of the following two approaches is faster: 1) Three COUNT: SELECT Approved = (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM dbo.Claims d WHERE d.Status = 'Approved'), Valid ...
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SQL Server 2008 - Cross database performance on same physical machine and server instance

Is there any performance hit when doing a select across another DB on the same physical machine? So I have 2 databases on the same physical machine running within the same SQL 2008 instance. For ...
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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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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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SQL Server Join/where processing order

After reading Slow SQL query, not sure how to optimize, it got me thinking about the general performance of queries. Surely, we need the results of the first table (when other tables are joined) to be ...
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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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Efficient query to get greatest value per group from big table

Given the table: Column | Type id | integer latitude | numeric(9,6) longitude | numeric(9,6) ...
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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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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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Why is query thousands of times slower with DESC?

I have a PostgreSQL database (AWS RDS) and ran the following queries in psql: livenet=> EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT * FROM outputs ORDER BY height LIMIT 10; Limit (cost=0.57..36.82 rows=10 ...
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Minimizing Indexed Reads with Complex Criteria

I'm optimizing a Firebird 2.5 database of work tickets. They're stored in a table declared as such: CREATE TABLE TICKETS ( TICKET_ID id PRIMARY KEY, JOB_ID id, ACTION_ID id, STATUS str256 ...
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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 ...
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How badly do SQL Compilations impact the performance of SQL Server?

I am profiling an instance of a SQL Server 2005 and I, via PerfMon's SQLServer:SQL Statistics - SQL Compilations/sec metric, I see that the average is about 170 or so. I whipped out SQL Profiler ...
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Which performance counters can you look at on a SQL Server Instance to determine it's performance and over all health?

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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How do I best measure the query performance?

I have 2 stored procedures, where the second stored procedure is an improvement of the first one. I'm trying to measure by exactly how much that is an improvement. 1/ Measuring clock time doesn't ...
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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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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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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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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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noexpand hint for non-enterpise edition and performance

I have to use Indexed views to reach performance. As I can see from this comparison table standard edition does not support indexed views. But BOL says: Indexed views can be created in any ...
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How to get the most out of MySQL on a QuadCore machine with 16 GB of RAM?

I'm running a MySQL 5.5 server on my workstation for scientific data analysis and wonder how to configure MySQL in order to get the most out of it performance-wise. The types of query that I typically ...
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Cache MySQL database in memory

I am having problems with a website with 600MB of MySQL database. The website is way too slow. I noticed the bigger the MySQL database gets, the slower it goes. When it was 5MB, the website was very ...
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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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Find rows where integer sequence contains a given subsequence

Problem Note: I refer to the mathematical sequences, not the sequences mechanism of PostgreSQL. I have a table representing sequences of integers. The definition are: CREATE TABLE sequences ( id ...
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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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Good, Bad or Indifferent: WHERE 1=1

Given this question on reddit, I cleaned up the query to point out where the issue was in the query. I use comma first and WHERE 1=1 to make modifying queries easier, so my queries generally end up ...
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Worse performance on a new server

We've been on a dedicated server (single quad-core, 6 GB RAM) and are moving to a new dedicated server (2x hex-core, 32 GB RAM). Both are Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008. The performance on the ...
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High CPU usage on SQL server - Slow queries [closed]

Our MS SQL Server is using about 95% of the CPU-power. After a server (hardware) restart, or a SQL-Service restart, the usage is 0% and slowly increases over the course of 1-3 days. Depending on how ...
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Index fragmentation and SSD disks

I'm new to performance problems, but I saw some discussion that SSD disks solve performance problems caused by index fragmentation. Has anyone experienced this? I'm thinking of changing my hardware ...
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SQL Server - Multiple running totals

I've got a base table with transactions and I need to create a table with running totals. I need them to be per account and and also have a few running totals for each account (depending on the ...
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Improve performance of COUNT/GROUP-BY in large PostgresSQL table?

I am running PostgresSQL 9.2 and have a 12 column relation with about 6,700,000 rows. It contains nodes in a 3D space, each one referencing a user (who created it). To query which user has created how ...
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Does SQL profiler affect server performance?

I am facing a problem where the sql server 2008 fails for some high load. I need to find that load case and need to optimize the code so that it can handle the load. I have found on the internet that ...
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How to improve Procedure Cache Hit Ratio?

From what I can tell Procedure Cache Hit Ratio below 95% is a problem. On my box, the values hover from 85 to 95%. How do I fix this issue? The server seems to have plenty of RAM so that ...
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TSQL: Find Queries causing too many SQL Compilations and SQL ReCompilations seperately

I want to find out what is causing the high SQL Compilations (not re-compilations) I am seeing in performance monitor counters. Here is my take on it: If I am seeing a lot of SQl compilations, then ...
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What can I add to a server to make SQL restores faster?

I have a 2.8TB SQL database (mostly data files, some 400GB of log files) that currently takes around 9 hours to restore. This database is used for testing purposes and must be deleted and restored ...
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Displaying query plans in Server Management Studio

Another SQL server question: I have a simple query that gives me the most CPU intensive SQL since the counters were reset: select top 10 sum(qs.total_worker_time) as total_cpu_time, ...
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Why is TOP operation in SQL execution plan

After searching for a while, I decided to post this question for lack of finding an answer and apologize if there is a similar question/answer out there. When running the query below on two similarly ...
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Poor cardinality estimate disqualifies INSERT from minimal logging?

Why is the second INSERT statement ~5x slower than the first? From the amount of log data generated, I think that the second is not qualifying for minimal logging. However, the documentation in the ...
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Qcache_free_memory not full yet I get alot of Qcache_lowmem_prunes

I just started dabbling with the query cache for our CMS. Can anyone tell me (or at least give a good guess) why I get a lot of Qcache_lowmem_prunes when more than half of Qcache_free_memory is free? ...
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Troubleshooting SOS_SCHEDULER_YIELD wait

Running our corporate ERP (Dynamics AX 2012), I noticed our production environment seemed much slower than our development systems. After performing the same activities in both the development and ...
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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 to update 10 million+ rows in MySQL single table as Fast as possible?

Using MySQL 5.6 with InnoDB storage engine for most of the tables. InnoDB buffer pool size is 15 GB and Innodb DB + indexes are around 10 GB. Server has 32GB RAM and is running Cent OS 7 x64. I have ...
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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 ...