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Microsoft on How we made backups faster with SQL Server 2017

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Microsoft on How we made backups faster with SQL Server 2017
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In my previous blog post on enhancements in SQL Server 2017, we briefly introduced improved backup performance for smaller databases in SQL Server 2017 on high end servers. In the recent PASS Summit 2017, Pedro and I delivered a session on Intelligent diagnostics where we explained how we leveraged the indirect checkpoint heuristics to enable faster backups. In this blog post, I would elaborate more to share some of the internals details which enabled us to make this improvement.

Indirect Checkpoints is not just about predictable recovery, it enables SQL Server to scale and run faster

In SQL Server 2012, indirect checkpoint was first introduced in SQL Server and it was made a default algorithm for all new databases starting SQL Server 2016. SQL Server maintains a buffer list array to track all buffers in the buffer pool. This array avoids scanning individual buffers and makes it fast and easy to scan the list instead. When automatic checkpoint is triggered for a database, the buffer list is scanned to identify all the dirty buffers which belongs to that database and needs to be flushed. The size of buffer list array is proportional to the physical memory on the server and max server memory set for the instance. For instance, for a 4TB system, the length of the array is roughly 500 million data structures. As the only way to determine whether a buffer is dirty or not and belongs to the database is by scanning the full list, the scanning of buffer list during checkpoints gets increasingly slower and languishes noticeably on high end servers with large memory.

Read the entire article here, How we made backups faster with SQL Server 2017 – MSSQL Tiger Team

Via the fine folks at Microsoft

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