FIX: SET ROWCOUNT or TOP With Partitioned View May Cause Poor Performance

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BUG #: 55537(SQLBUG_70)
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If you use the SET ROWCOUNT option or TOP keyword to limit results, a SELECT on partitioned views takes longer because it introduces extra SPOOL in the query execution plan. This only happens if the view is defined on a large number of tables in the same or different database. Using the SHOWPLAN option, you can identify the extra SPOOL:
|--Table Spool
        |--Clustered Index
        |--Clustered Index
        |--Clustered Index  Scan(OBJECT:([DATABASEn].[dbo].[TABLE1].[index_0]))


Reducing the number of partitions results in CONCAT instead of SPOOL and provides better performance.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
254561 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
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Article ID: 255633 - Last Review: October 20, 2013 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition
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