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Estimated Total Subtree Cost


Estimated Total Subtree Cost

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Hello.
A question:
In an execution plan, the plan has several EstimatedTotalSubtreeCost, one for each NodeId.
The plan's EstimatedTotalSubtreeCost is the sum of all the EstimatedTotalSubtreeCost or it is only the EstimatedTotalSubtreeCost for the NodeId with zero value?

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Hi,
The plan's EstimatedTotalSubtreeCost is equal to the EstimatedTotalSubtreeCost for the NodeId with zero value.

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Thank you very much.



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Those values accumulate as you go through the plan, each one reflecting the ones before it in the plan in the physical processing order (right to left).

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Thank you very much Grant.
I saw some plan with several NodeId with zero value.
Is the total cost of the plan the sum of the EstimatedTotalSubtreeCost relationated with the NodeId that have zero value?
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Yep. It's cumulative, so a plan with zero value ads zero to the number. Understand though, just because an operator says it has zero cost doesn't mean it actually did zero work. It just means that the optimizer didn't assign it a cost.

Also remember, these are all fake numbers, just estimates, even on an actual plan. They are meaningful within a given plan, but you can't use them to compare one plan to another really. Instead you need to rely on query execution time and I/O costs.

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Ok, i thought that it was the best way to determine the cost threshold for parallelism because the values are approximate.



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That is the number used to compare to the cost threshold for parallelism. That fact doesn't change where the numbers come from. The optimizer assigns them based on internal processes, not measures of actual performance.

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