FIX: Aggregations in Parallel Query May Generate Incorrect Results

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BUG #: 58334 (SQLBUG_70)
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A query with aggregations may return incorrect results when a parallel query plan is chosen to do the aggregations. The following example shows part of a simplified parallel query plan chosen to do aggregations:
|--Stream Aggregate(GROUP BY:(...) ...)
     |--Parallelism(Gather Streams)
          |--Stream Aggregate(GROUP BY:(...) ...)
               |--Bookmark Lookup(BOOKMARK:([Bmk1000]), OBJECT:(...) ...)
                    |--Parallelism(Distribute Streams)


You can work around this problem in the following ways:
  • Disable parallel plan generation globally for the entire server by setting the max degree of parallelism option to 1 through the sp_configure system stored procedure.

    NOTE: To disable parallel plan generation through sp_configure, you must enable the show advanced options configuration setting:
    sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1
    reconfigure with override
    sp_configure 'max degree of parallelism', 1
    reconfigure with override
  • Disable the creation of a parallel plan by using the OPTION (MAXDOP 1) query hint for the statement that is experiencing the problem.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
274799 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.


Article ID: 277738 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition
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