I have more than 100 files to import into the sql server and most of them are of 500 MB. I want to leverage the the parallel import utility of SQL server and have read a number of webpages, like the following ones:

How to load 1 TB data in 30 minutes


Importing Data in Parallel with Table Level Locking


and the answers in stackoverflow

Fastest way to insert in parallel to a single table

However, none of them have given a simple example with code. I know how to use bulk insert/bcp, but I don't know where to start with parallel import? Can anyone help me with it?

My system is Windows and I'm using SQL server 2016. The source data file is in txt format.

Thanks in advance for your help!



1 Answer 1


Borrowing from my old answer

Below are some good ways to improve BULK INSERT operations :

  1. Using TABLOCK as query hint.
  2. Dropping Indexes during Bulk Load operation and then once it is completed then recreating them.
  3. Changing the Recovery model of database to be BULK_LOGGED during the load operation.
  4. If the target has Clustered Index then specifying ORDER BY clause in the bulk insert operation will increase the speed of BULK loading.
  5. Using Trace Flag 610 at the beginning of BULK INSERT operation.

The max degree of parallelism should be configured on the server rather than the default. You can refer to my answer on how it configure it here.

If you are using SQL Server 2014 and up then SELECT ... INTO is parallel.

Also, you should monitor Wait Statistics on the server especially SOS_SCHEDULER_YIELD resulting in scheduler contention on Servers having multiple CPUs running concurrent Bulk load operations and competing for the same CPU Cycles.

Also refer to :

  • I have read all the reference you recommended to me and tested the solutions such as tablock. It seems that it would only invoke parallelism if I transfer data from sql-server table to another sql-server table. Are you aware of any good ways to parallel load data from one huge text file to one sql-server table? Thanks for your help!
    – Jason
    Nov 25, 2016 at 23:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.