Past Meetup

Advanced DBA: Columnstore Indexes: What are we waiting for?

This Meetup is past

20 people went


3025 Carrington Mill Boulevard · Morrisville

How to find us

First floor, back on the right in the cafe for ChannelAdvisor.

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Every time you see a Columnstore Index getting involved in the execution plan, do you realise that there are whole execution plans behind those Index Scans ? Did you ever ask yourself, what are those strange and weird HT_* waits stand for ? Why do we wait for seconds/minutes for something like HTBUILD while it seems that nothing happens ? Why do we have a ROWGROUP_VERSION wait on one server, while the other allows queries to run faster ?

This session focuses on answering those question – to help you understand the reasons and the conditions behind every single available wait for the Columnstore Indexes and the Batch Execution Mode.

Niko Neugebauer is a Data Platform Consultant. A SQL Server MVP with over 20 years of experience in IT, he is passionate about the Microsoft Data Platform and community. Founder of the Portuguese SQL Server User Group and the main organizer of the first SQLSaturday event outside of North America (#78 Portugal), Niko speaks regularly at events such as PASS Summit, SQLRally, SQLBits, and SQLSaturday events around the world. Niko loves sharing information and knowledge and has authored over 130 blog posts on Columnstore Indexes, and regularly contributes to the open-sourced CISL library focused on Columnstore Indexes.