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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How should we handle rows which won't be queried once they are old in PostgreSQL?

We have a table in a PostgreSQL database which is growing on the order of millions of rows per day. Each row consists of: ID Foreign user ID Date and time Other data The date and time aren't ...
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Why is DELETE so much slower than SELECT, then DELETE by id?

I have a fairly busy InnoDB table (200,000 rows, I guess something like tens of queries per second). Due to a bug I got 14 rows with (the same) invalid email addresses in them and wanted to delete ...
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Advantage of using a database snapshot for reporting purposes

What is the performance advantage of using a snapshot of a database for reporting purposes? The way I see it, it would probably downgrade performance since for every write in the original database, ...
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Database locking issues?

I have run into a transaction related issue on a SQL Server 2008 production database. A brief overview is that we have a website that has numerous concurrent users around the state, who do GUI type ...
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Performance impact of sp_configure blocked process threshold change

I've been tasked with identifying any blocking happening on a production server. My plan to achieve this is to use EXECUTE sp_configure 'blocked process threshold', 5 In combination with a server ...
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High rise in SQL Server CPU after adding a DB

I have just added a "new" DB to my Server (2005), I have restored from a dead SQL2000 server to my active one (2005), and changed the compatibility to 90 (SQL Server 2005). My average CPU was on 48% ...
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way to prevent queries from waiting for table level lock

We've encountered a problem after moving the database of our customer to an extra server. This should have had positive effects on the site's performance, but there is a problem with table locking in ...
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MySQL performance problem using indexed datetime column

I tried to solve the following problem for about one hour now and still didn't get any further with it. Okay, I have a table (MyISAM): ...
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Strange behaviour DBCC Shrinkfile

I am attempting to run a dbcc shrinkfile in chunks of 1GB against a database where 95% of the data has been archived and deleted. I'm leaft with a 235GB file where 9GB is data/indexes. I want to ...
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Is there a performance hit by breaking out tables into different schemas in SQL Server?

Is there any kind of performance hit when querying by placing tables in different schemas in SQL Server. For instance if I had 2 tables, Table1 and Table2, and put Table1 into the test schema and ...
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Could Stack Overflow run on SQL Server Web Edition?

I am starting a new web venture that may need to scale to a high number of users. I am confident with the SPLA licencing for SQL Server Web edition, but want to know if I will need to factor in ...
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Performance issue with xpath in SQL Server 2008

I have a table with lots of large xml-documents. When I run xpath expressions to select data from those documents I run into a peculiar performance issue. My query is SELECT p.n.value('.', 'int') ...
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Start/Stop MySQL

I'm seeking help to understand what happens when the following command line is executed: root@prodn$ service mysqld stop Yes, it shuts down the MySQL server so access to it is no longer available ...
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What is the expected performance impact when dropping a large table

I have a 100G+ innodb table that needs to be dropped in a production environment. I am trying to do this without interruption to service. The table is no longer being written to, and needs to be ...
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How to calculate cache misses for PostgreSQL

I'm administering a server where a tool using a PostgreSQL runs. The tool takes care of most PostgreSQL configurations by itself, but I'm observing some performance problems. I could confirm at OS ...
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Low CPU Utilization but High Signal Waits

I have a server with 16 CPUs that is configured with a max degree of parallelism of 8 and a max worker threads setting of zero. For a given hour, my signal waits were 20% yet my OS CPU utilization ...
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Two servers, different execution plans. Several orders of magnitude difference in run time

Two servers, Development and Live. Live server is an Amazon RDS SQL Server Web instance. Both servers have identical schema and data. There is a good spatial index on the geometry column. On my ...
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Instant File Initialization on Shared drive

I asked something similar to this before, but previously I had asked about moving backups to a shared location. This time I am curious: if I want to restore a database on a shared drive, do I need to ...
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Investigate peak in MySQL throughput

Recently one of our servers has ran out of memory and crashed. After reviewing the munin graphs, it appears that the only metric (other than memory usage) that peaked just before the crash was the ...
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SQL Server 2012 performance issues (maybe due to linked server) [closed]

Summary of the problem We've spit our one database server environment into two servers. We are now having intermittent performance issues I am hoping someone can offer clues - perhaps direction ...
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How can I Debug a Buffer Issue?

I have a production "Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (SP1) - 11.0.3128.0 (X64)" that is showing weird buffer and page life expectancy (PLE) symptoms. I am running this every minute on my server (to track ...
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SQL Server clustered index, index balancing and insert performance using NewID

I have a large (6db) trace table. It has a clustered key (DateTime) which is created through GETDATE(). The connection pool for connections to this database/table rises as high as 50 on average ...
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Performance tuning a Great Circle distance calculation

I have a query that I am using to find locations that are within 1km of a known point. To do this, I am using the Spherical Law of Cosines formula with my latitude and longitudes. Currently, the ...
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GROUP BY with MAX versus just MAX

I am a programmer, dealing with a big table which the following scheme: UpdateTime, PK, datetime, notnull Name, PK, char(14), notnull TheData, float There is a clustered index on Name, UpdateTime ...
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Things to consider with a bigger table

I have a table that has around 12 billion rows (row size 32 B) which grows each month by 300 million rows. I have setup partitions for each month and each month has 8 data files (since I currently ...
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Why use separate databases for high traffic/volume tables?

While looking at the database structure of an application I am using I recognized that it uses 3 different databases on the same SQL Server instance for different things. The first one contains the ...
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How should I tune Postgresql for 20 GB of RAM?

I've been fortunate enough to have the use of a 20GB Linode instance running Ubuntu 64 bit. I want to try to optimize PostGres for this service, but I don't know what I should prioritize changing. I ...
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Slow query on large table with GROUP BY and ORDER BY

I have a table with 7.2 million tuples which looks like this: table public.methods column | type | attributes ...
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Is it advantageous to scale out using multiple SQL Server instances on the same server?

For a use-case of 9 databases spread across 3 time zones, is it advantagous to spread the databases onto multiple SQL Server instances on the same server? What will I gain and what will I lose? ...
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Too Many Connections

I'm using MATLAB to feed the database but after a time I'm getting a too many connections error. I always using opendb and closedb in pair. Is it to fast the feeding? Do I have to wait after I ...
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Performance of Inline-TVF vs. Views

I have a database where i am using inline TVFs (table value functions) instead of views. For example, I might have two tables called [car model] and [car manufacturer] that I'm joining together ...
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Is MariaDB a suitable drop in replacement for MySQL on a standard LAMP stack?

I've been wondering lately what (if any) are the improvements available in MariaDB over 'conventional' MySQL? I understand that where platform interoperability and/or backwards compatibility may be ...
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Query performance

Why SELECT Barraportfolioname FROM portfolio WHERE id IN (SELECT DISTINCT i1.portfolioid FROM Import i1 LEFT OUTER JOIN Import i2 ON ...
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When to use MySQL query_cache?

Up until recently, I have viewed the query cache as a very important tool to improve query performance. Today, I was listening to a podcast that discussed tuning the query cache to 0, and using a ...
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Rebuilding index has impact on mdf/ldf files SQL Server 2008

While rebuilding index have used option 'SORT_IN_TEMPDB = ON' in order to avoid unnecessary growing your user database files. What does it exactly means? Is complete process done on TempDB and does ...
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SQL query slow-down from 1 second to 11 minutes - why?

Question: I'm porting the below query (listing tables by foreign key dependencies) to PostGreSql. WITH Fkeys AS ( SELECT DISTINCT OnTable = OnTable.name ,AgainstTable = ...
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Doubts in a Glenn Berry Query ( CPU per Database )

Please, if this is not place to post questions like these, let me know and I will delete it. Inside the Glenn berry's Diagnostic queries, there is a query to show how much CPU a database is using. ...
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Four db servers all identical, one is much slower than the others

The setup We have an application loading a lot of transaction data for later querying. It's sharded on 4 SQL Server 2008R2 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 64 bits. All servers are ...
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Investigating high SQL waits, especically LCK_M_U

Recently I have been struggling with SQL server performance and although we have fixed a huge multitude of basic errors in the config it is still performing badly. To clarify it is not overall ...
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Index max row size error

Is there a upper bound for an array column? I am getting this error when inserting into the array field - PG::Error: ERROR: index row size 3480 exceeds maximum 2712 for index "ix_data" Here's my ...
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SQL Server performing slow

I have a Microsoft SQL Server running on an IBM server with 10 cores and 64 GB RAM. I have from 100 to 300 users working concurrently on the server. Users complain about slowness of the application. ...
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How can I tell if my SQL Server DB performance is hardware-limited?

Testing an app currently under single-user load - as the test data has increased to production sizes (400k-2M rows per table), some SELECT sp's are not quite fast enough anymore (with limited test ...
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Is it possible to give the optimizer more or all time it needs?

Given that the optimizer cannot take al the time it needs (it has to minimize the execution time and not contribute to it) to explore all possible execution plans it sometimes get cut off. I was ...
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How can I monitor the call count per stored procedure per timespan?

In order to diagnose some performance issues I would like to get a better understanding of the number of times certain procedures are called compared to the system performance. Is there a way to get ...
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Password hashes: Fixed-length binary fields or single string field?

I'm currently having am amusing debate with a friend, and we simply can't agree on the best method to store salted passwords in a database. The two options on the table are: Storing the hash and the ...
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What is more appropriate sp_updatestats or UPDATE STATISTICS?

In a system there is a nightly data load process where all the foreign keys are dropped, all tables are truncated, repopulated from an external source, and the foreign keys are put back in place. At ...
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Explanation requested for slow DELETE with SQL Server

I would like to get some extra insights/reasoning for SQL Server delete behavior. We have a fairly large database of over 1800 GB. In there are some very shallow tables (only a few integer columns) ...
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MySQL LOAD DATA INFILE slows by 80% after a few gigs of input with InnoDB engine

I'm loading a 100GB file via LOAD DATA INFILE. I've had good success with MyISAM, a few hours and done. I'm trying it now using InnoDB. The load starts fast at over 10MB/sec (watching the table file ...
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How do I get the execution plan for a view?

I have a schema with a number of views. I need to check the execution plans to make sure the appropriate indexes are in place and being used. How do I do this? I'd rather not have to copy and paste ...
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Optimising join on large table

I am trying to coax some more performance out of a query that is accessing a table with ~250-million records. From my reading of the actual (not estimated) execution plan, the first bottleneck is a ...