Have read the paper SQL Server 2005 Waits and Queues, which I guess is a locus classicus of the waits and queues methodology. The delete statement, BTW, is a DELETE FROM table WHERE ID IN (SELECT TOP 3000 ID FROM table). In themselves, the deletes are very fast. The Inserts are ordinary row level (fired by a trigger) inserts, but 1000 per minute are arriving continuously Finally, should mention that we had to add memory to our system because SS was wanting to use more than we had, so some significant sluggishness was due to having the server page to disk..
Hmm, that DELETE seems curious. You have no order by for the top, so you could get ANY 3000 rows, right? And regardless of that (which is certainly not what I would want to be doing in almost all cases I can construct), why not use this syntax:
DELETE TOP 3000 FROM table
But I would really like to know why you don't care what 3000 rows get deleted.
As for the INSERTs, are you saying that 1000 inserts are done individually to another table and that causes a trigger to fire that inserts each one of those rows into this other table that has the DELETEs?
Do you get blocking much?
Have you checked for what locks are being held for the table?
Run perfmon checking for locking counts/durations?
Kevin G. Boles
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