I want to speed up following piece of code

delete from ssn_sdo
           (art_id=@art_id and skl_id=@skl_id and @level=0 )
        or (art_id=@art_id and skl_id=@skl_id and @level=1 and tip=@tip)
        or (art_id=@art_id and skl_id=@skl_id and doc_id = @doc_id)

My server is MS SQL-Server 2005.

art_id,skl_id and doc_id are integers, while tip is varchar(10) type of.

I want to make an index(es) on ssn_sdo table so this delete is going to faster.
What I was considering to do is to make three indexes, each one for every case:

doc_id (ASC), art_id (ASC), skl_id (ASC)  
skl_id (ASC), art_id (ASC), tip (ASC)  
skl_id (ASC), art_id (ASC),  

Or is there better way to make one index which will include all three cases.
I am careful with indexes because I do not want to slow down inserts in this table.


One index on (art_id, skl_id, doc_id, tip) is most likely enough

All the conditions start (art_id, skl_id) which should give a seek, and then a residual lookup on either doc_id or tip will be done afterwards

The index could also be (skl_id, art_id, doc_id, tip) based on the number of unique values in each column: most uniqueness should be first

Multiple indexes will mean that the cached query plan may be suboptimal for different conditions

Of course, if one or both of art_id/skl_id is the clustered index already, then you may not need an index because it will seek on the clustered index and then do a residual. If doc_id is the clustered index then you need the extra index


Bit akward, I can't see how to comment but I wanted to ask why your condition isn't:

delete from ssn_sdo
       and skl_id=@skl_id
       and (@level = 0 or (@level = 1 and tip=@tip) or doc_id = @doc_id)

Not sure that helps at all, before or after you add any further indexes, but it'd interesting to see the executions plans (actual) and see if any benefit is realised.

  • 3
    +1 This makes my suggested index and answer a lot more obvious. – gbn Jul 4 '13 at 9:36
  • Thanks, and for anyone reading it turns out I needed 50 reputation in order to comment. Little akward, but there now – Paul Jul 4 '13 at 9:52

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