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Date range rolling sum using window functions

I need to calculate a rolling sum over a date range. To illustrate, using the AdventureWorks sample database, the following hypothetical syntax would do exactly what I need: SELECT TH.ProductID, ...
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Why does adding a TOP 1 dramatically worsen performance?

I have a fairly simple query SELECT TOP 1 dc.DOCUMENT_ID, dc.COPIES, dc.REQUESTOR, dc.D_ID, cj.FILE_NUMBER FROM DOCUMENT_QUEUE dc JOIN CORRESPONDENCE_JOURNAL cj ...
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Can a single PostgreSQL query use multiple cores?

In recent versions of PostgreSQL, can we share a query between two or more cores to get a performance boost? Or should we get faster cores?
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Why would I NOT use the SQL Server option “optimize for ad hoc workloads”?

I've been reading some great articles regarding SQL Server plan caching by Kimberly Tripp such as this one: http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/kimberly/plan-cache-and-optimizing-for-adhoc-workloads/ Why ...
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difference in execution plans on UAT and PROD server

I want to understand why there would be such a huge difference in execution of the same query on UAT (runs in 3 sec) vs PROD (run in 23 secs). Both UAT and PROD are having exactly data and indexes. ...
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How to handle bad query plan caused by exact equality on range type?

I'm performing an update where I require an exact equality on a tstzrange variable. ~1M rows are modified, and the query takes ~13 minutes. The result of EXPLAIN ANALYZE can be seen here, and the ...
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Increasing work_mem and shared_buffers on Postgres 9.2 significantly slows down queries

I have a PostgreSQL 9.2 instance running on RHEL 6.3, 8-core machine with 16GB of RAM. The server is dedicated to this database. Given that the default postgresql.conf is quite conservative regarding ...
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Performance of a=0 and b=0 and … z=0 vs a+b+c+d=0

This is a simple question that I can't seem to find the answer for. In terms of performance, If I have a WHERE clause such as a=0 and b=0 and ... z=0, Would I gain any performance if I replaced that ...
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LIKE uses index, CHARINDEX does not?

This question is related to my old question. The below query was taking 10 to 15 seconds to execute: SELECT [customer].[Customer name],[customer].[Sl_No],[customer].[Id] FROM [company].dbo.[customer] ...
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How (and why) does TOP impact an execution plan?

For a moderately complex query I am trying to optimize, I noticed that removing the TOP n clause changes the execution plan. I would have guessed that when a query includes TOP n the database engine ...
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Seek and you shall Scan… on partitioned tables

I've read these articles in PCMag by Itzik Ben-Gan: Seek and You Shall Scan Part I: When the Optimizer Doesn't Optimize Seek and You Shall Scan Part II: Ascending Keys I’m currently having a ...
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Huge data and performance in SQL Server

I've written an application with a SQL Server backend that collects and stores and extremely large amount of records. I've calculated that, at the peak, the average amount of records is somewhere in ...
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Stored procedures vs. inline SQL

I know stored procedures are more efficient through the execution path (than the inline sql in applications). However, when pressed, I'm not super knowlegeable about why. I'd like to know the ...
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T-SQL query using completely different plan depending on number of rows I'm updating

I have a SQL UPDATE statement with a "TOP (X)" clause, and the row I'm updating values in has about 4 billion rows. When I use "TOP (10)", I get one execution plan that executes almost instantly, but ...
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Can spatial index help a “range - order by - limit” query

Asking this question, specifically for Postgres, as it has good supoort for R-tree/spatial indexes. We have the following table with a tree structure (Nested Set model) of words and their ...
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SQL query for combinations without repetition

I need a query which can be used in (or as) a function and retrieves all combinations of n values. And I need all combinations of length k where k = 1..n. Extended sample input and result so input ...
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How does SQL Server know predicates are correlated?

While diagnosing SQL Server 2008 R2 queries with poor cardinality estimation (despite simple indexing, up-to-date statistics, etc.) and hence poor query plans, I found a perhaps-related KB article: ...
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Are Views optimized when I add a WHERE clause to them?

Does it make a difference if you filter a View inside or outside the View? For example, is there any difference between these two queries? SELECT Id FROM MyTable WHERE SomeColumn = 1 Or SELECT Id ...
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Using IF in T-SQL weakens or breaks execution plan caching?

It has been suggested to me that the use of IF statements in t-SQL batches is detrimental to performance. I'm trying to find some confirmation or validate this assertion. I'm using SQL Server 2005 ...
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Monumental difference in execution time between queries when using RECOMPILE query hint

I have two almost identical queries running on the same SQL Server 2005 instance: The first one is the original SELECT query as generated by LINQ (I know, I know... I'm not the application ...
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Improve performance of query using IN()

I have the following SQL query: SELECT Event.ID, Event.IATA, Device.Name, EventType.Description, Event.Data1, Event.Data2 Event.PLCTimeStamp, Event.EventTypeID FROM Event INNER JOIN ...
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Is it possible to increase query performance on a narrow table with millions of rows?

I have a query that is currently taking an average of 2500ms to complete. My table is very narrow, but there are 44 million rows. What options do I have to improve performance, or is this as good as ...
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Indexes for SQL query with WHERE condition and GROUP BY

I am trying to determine which indexes to use for an SQL query with a WHERE condition and a GROUP BY which is currently running very slow. My query: SELECT group_id FROM counter WHERE ts between ...
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Why is my EXISTS query doing an index scan instead of an index seek?

I am working on optimizing some queries. For the query below, SET STATISTICS IO ON; DECLARE @OrderStartDate DATETIME2 = '27 feb 2016'; DECLARE @OrderEndDate DATETIME2 = '28 feb 2016'; SELECT ...
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UPDATE performance where no data changes

If I have an UPDATE statement that does not actually change any data (because the data is already in the updated state). Is there any performance benefit in putting a check in the WHERE clause to ...
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Why is an aggregate query significantly faster with a GROUP BY clause than without one?

I'm just curious why an aggregate query runs so much faster with a GROUP BY clause than without one. For example, this query takes almost 10 seconds to run SELECT MIN(CreatedDate) FROM MyTable WHERE ...
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How to optimize a query so that it seeks on one index first, and then another index after that

I have two sets of earth measurements from satellite data, each with time fields (mjd for mean julian date) and geography positions (GeoPoint, spacial) and I'm looking for coincidences between the two ...
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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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How does paging work with ROW_NUMBER in SQL Server?

I have an Employee table that has one million records. I have following SQL for paging data in a web application. It is working fine. However what I see as an issue is - the derived table tblEmployee ...
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Why is the secondary selective index not used when the where clause filters on `value()`?

Setup: create table dbo.T ( ID int identity primary key, XMLDoc xml not null ); insert into dbo.T(XMLDoc) select ( select N.Number for xml path(''), type ) from ( ...
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SARG cardinality estimate, why not full-scan?

Why there is no full-scan (On SQL 2008 R2 and 2012)? Test data: DROP TABLE dbo.TestTable GO CREATE TABLE dbo.TestTable ( TestTableID INT IDENTITY PRIMARY KEY, VeryRandomText VarChar(50), ...
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Improving the performance of STIntersects

Table T_PIN has 300,000 pins and T_POLYGON has 36,000 polygons. T_PIN has this index: CREATE SPATIAL INDEX [T_PIN_COORD] ON [dbo].[T_PIN] ( [Coord] )USING GEOGRAPHY_GRID WITH (GRIDS =(LEVEL_1 = ...
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TSQL performance - JOIN on value BETWEEN min and max

I have two tables in which I store: an IP range - country lookup table a list of requests coming from different IPs The IPs were stored as bigints to improve lookup performance. This is the table ...
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query optimization: time intervals

In the main, I've got two kinds of time intervals: presence time and absence time absence time can be of different types (eg breaks, absences, special day and so on) and time intervals may overlap ...
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Why does a query run slower in a Stored Procedure than in the Query window?

I have a complex query which runs in 2 seconds in the query window, but about 5 minutes as a Stored Procedure. Why is it taking so much longer to run as a stored procedure? Here's what my query looks ...
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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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What should I use? A string or 15 integer fields?

I am developing a student tracking program where I need to store 15 exam marks. I can store the marks as a string and split them up when I need to, for purposes such as performing arithmetical ...
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Improve performance of sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats

During a maintenance job, I'm trying to get a list of fragmented indexes. But the query is extremely slow and takes over 30 minutes to execute. I think this is due to a remote scan on ...
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Are these two queries logically equivalent?

Are these two queries logically equivalent? DECLARE @DateTime DATETIME = GETDATE() Query 1 SELECT * FROM MyTable WHERE Datediff(DAY, LogInsertTime, @DateTime) > 7 Query 2 SELECT * FROM ...
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Recursive sql query performance issue [closed]

This is the sixth time I'm trying to ask this question and it's the shortest one too. All the previous attempts were resulting with something more similar to a blog post rather than the question ...
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Why isn't the primary (clustered) key being used in this query?

I have a SQL Server 2008 R2 table whose schema structure looks as follows: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[CDSIM_BE] ( [ID] [bigint] NOT NULL, [EquipmentID] [varchar](50) NOT NULL, [SerialNumber] ...
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How to speed up queries on a large 220 million rows table (9 gig data)?

The issue: We have a social site where members can rate each other for compatibility or matching. This user_match_ratings table contains over 220 million rows (9 gig data or almost 20 gig in ...
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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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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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Is it better to separate a big query into multiple smaller queries?

There are situations which require having really big query joining several tables together with sub select statements in them to produce the desired results. My question is, should we consider ...
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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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Algorithm for finding the longest prefix

I have two tables. First one is a table with prefixes code name price 343 ek1 10 3435 nt 4 3432 ek2 2 Second is call records with phone numbers number time 834353212 10 ...
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Is it better to populate variables using SET or SELECT?

What is the better way (with regards to performance) to set a value to variable? By SET command: DECLARE @VarString nvarchar(max); SET @VarString = 'john doe'; SELECT @VarString; By SELECT ...
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Simple DELETE, but complicated execution plan

When I run this delete: DELETE FROM ETLHeaders WHERE ETLHeaderID < 32465870 ...it deletes 39,157 rows. It should be simple because it is deleting on ETLHeaderID which is the clustered index and ...
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sp_cursoropen and parallelism

I'm running into a performance problem with a query that I can't seem to get my head around. I pulled the query out of a cursor definition. This query takes seconds to execute SELECT A.JOBTYPE FROM ...