Wayne Sheffield

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Performance testing various methods for removing the time element from the datetime data type. While they all execute quickly, one method is faster than the others.

TCP Chimney Offload transfers network traffic workload processing from the CPU to a network adapter that supports TCP Chimney Offload. This feature was introduced with Windows Server 2003 SP2, and it was called the Microsoft Scalable Networking Pack (SNP). Since Windows Server 2008, these features are a base part of these operating systems, so they […]

This post is re-published from my original post on SQL Solutions Group. I hope that you enjoy it. In my last article, I started off talking about checking various settings that make a performance difference prior to jumping into query tuning. This article continues the investigation into performance affecting settings, by jumping straight into the […]

This post is re-published from my original post on SQL Solutions Group. I hope that you enjoy it. When investigating a performance issue, the desired end result is already known… you need to make the queries run faster. It’s been my experience that most performance problems involve optimizing the query that is being run—sometimes the […]

A while back, I wrote a blog post showing the differences (including performance) between Inline Table-Valued Functions (ITVF) and Multi-Statement Table-Valued Functions (MSTVF). Since then, whenever I speak about ITVFs / MSTVFs, I’m frequently asked about how Scalar Functions (SF) perform. My stock answer has always been that they perform in a similar manner to […]

For those of you that know me, you know that I enjoy learning, and passing on what I have learned to others. As it turns out, this whole presenting thing has been an interesting path for me. (You can read more about the early disastrous presentations in my life here.) As I have started to […]

Execution Plan Operators to investigate when having performance problems with SQL queries.

Next up on the SQL Server 2012 Performance testing circuit: Gap Detection. You know, where you find missing values from a table of sequential numbers. SQL Server 2012 introduces the LEAD function, which I’ve previously blogged about here. In that blog post, I covered how to do Gap Detection using the LEAD function. Now, it’s […]

SQL Server 2012 introduces several new date/time functions that allow you to build a date/time from the individual parts of a date/time value. As I was experimenting with them, I was thinking that this is pretty neat, and bound to be very useful. And then I started wondering how well it performed. Before I had […]

Table-Valued Functions. What a wonderful addition to SQL they make. They take parameters, do some work, and return a result set that can be used in queries. You can select directly against them, or utilize them with the APPLY operator. These are truly versatile additions to SQL -and since you can pass parameters to them, […]

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