up to SQL Server 2014 (12.x), Worker 1 is allowed to basically monopolize the scheduler by having more overall quantum time. Starting with SQL Server 2016 (13.x), cooperative scheduling includes Large Deficit First (LDF) scheduling.

Link: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/thread-and-task-architecture-guide?view=sql-server-ver15#sql-server-task-scheduling

Is the above default behaviour in SQL 2016+ or does it depend on the database compatibility mode?

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It will not depend on the database compatibility level.

Compatibility level (I know you mentioned mode and I assume you meant level) is a database level setting and not server level.

The database compatibility level setting provides backward compatibility with earlier versions of SQL Server in what relates to Transact-SQL and query optimization behaviors only for the specified database, not for the entire server.

Database compatibility level also provides backward compatibility with earlier versions of SQL Server, because databases attached or restored from any earlier version of SQL Server retain their existing compatibility level (if same or higher than the minimum allowed compatibility level). This was discussed in the Using compatibility level for backward compatibility section of this article.

Ref: ALTER DATABASE (Transact-SQL) compatibility level

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