Aaron Bertrand introduces Scalar UDF Inlining, a long-awaited feature in SQL Server 2019 that will improve the performance of some workloads.
Jonathan Kehayias shares insight about new UDF information in showplan, and shows that only some tools will show it (SSMS 17+ & SentryOne Plan Explorer).
In the conclusion of his series on grouping and aggregation costs, Itzik Ben-Gan reveals some of the math behind seek vs. scan decisions.
In the fourth installment of his series on optimization thresholds, Itzik Ben-Gan looks at how SQL Server applies costs to parallel operations.
Itzik Ben-Gan dissects the Hash Match (Aggregate) algorithm in his latest post in a series on SQL Server optimization thresholds.
Continuing his series on optimization thresholds, Itzik Ben-Gan dives into the costs behind stream aggregates when the data needs to be sorted first.
For his first post on SQLPerformance.com, Itzik Ben-Gan shows you how to reverse engineer optimizer costing for a Stream Aggregate operator.
Rob Farley describes a tactic where adding multiple predicates around separate date and time columns can win you some better performance.
Paul White continues his series on row goals, treating a redundant and problematic TOP (1) that is added to the inner side of an apply anti join.
Usually DISTINCT and GROUP BY will yield the same results, but here Rob Farley explains cases that can break the rule.
Continuing his in-depth series on row goals, Paul White explains both why and how they can impact queries involving anti joins.
Continuing his series on row goals, Paul White explains how they can impact certain types of semi joins, and how you can spot these effects in showplan and trace flag output.
Erin Stellato gives an overview of Automatic Plan Correction in SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database, and assures us that Microsoft is not trying to code us out of jobs.
Paul White provides some great information about row goals, explaining why they're important to understand when examining why the query optimizer made a certain choice.
Aaron Bertrand addresses the questions raised during two parameter sniffing webinars in January with Kimberly L. Tripp and Andy Mallon.