Cardinality Estimator – What’s new in SQL Server 2014

  • Alessandro Mortola

    Say Hey Kid

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    Comments posted to this topic are about the item Cardinality Estimator – What’s new in SQL Server 2014

  • spaghettidba

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    Alessandro, thank you for your thorough and accurate article. I look forward to reading more from you.

  • Alessandro Mortola

    Say Hey Kid

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    Thanks Gianluca, I hope to meet you at SqlSaturday in Torino on 23th May

  • mister.magoo


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    Excellent article. Well written, with good examples. Thanks.


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  • Alan Burstein

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    Excellent article. 5 stars from me. I have not seen an article that discusses the new 2014 Cardinality Estimator in such detail. Well done sir!

    "I cant stress enough the importance of switching from a sequential files mindset to set-based thinking. After you make the switch, you can spend your time tuning and optimizing your queries instead of maintaining lengthy, poor-performing code."

    -- Itzik Ben-Gan 2001

  • robert.diley

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    A very fine article. I have had little success finding any detail on the algorithms used in optimization. The information provided was most welcome as would be any additional detail. Five stars!

  • Jacob Wilkins

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    A nice article indeed, Alessandro!

    It hit all the major points and required a significantly smaller investment of time and coffee than the white paper at, which coincidentally enough I just read yesterday.

    It's a good white paper, and has information not included here (you would hope so, since it's 43 pages long) but this article is a much nicer introduction to some of the key changes.


  • John N Hick

    Ten Centuries

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    An impressive article - worth the 5 stars I gave it but, where did you find out about the S1 formula?

  • Alessandro Mortola

    Say Hey Kid

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    Hi John,

    excuse me if I have misunderstood your question.

    Actually S1 is not a formula, but it is the selectivity of the first predicate and it is defined as “Number of Selected Records” divided by “Number of all records of the table”.

    If you mean the formula used by the old CE or the Exponential back-off formula you can dig deeper reading the above mentioned white paper.

  • Alessandro Alpi

    Mr or Mrs. 500

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    Thank you Alessandro for this awesome article.

    Now I'm stucked with SQL Server 2012 CE, but I'll use the new CE in few months.

    Then I will contact you 😉

    Looking forward to meet you in Torino too!


    Alessandro Alpi
    CTO Engage IT Services S.r.l.
    DBA | Team Leader
    Microsoft MVP - SQL Server
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