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Diagnosing and fixing SOS_OBJECT_STORE spins for Singleton INSERTS

Following up on my previous post, my next target for “optimization”, while I am waiting for an even faster I/O system, is the SOS_OBJECT_STORE spin.

Recall that I am having high waits for WRITELOG, but still see 100% CPU, which indicates that spins may be our sinner. The big spin on the system is still LOGCACHE_ACCESS – but until we get hardware to work on that – we might as well stay greedy and learn a bit about SQL Server in the process. We just got rid of the OPT_IDX_STATS spin by running TF2330.

Unfortunately, the documentation available on our next spin: SOS_OBJECT_STORE is rather sparse. It is one of the SQLOS internal data structure used many places inside SQL Server. But there are ways, even for the public (which is why I can share it here), to get more information about what is going on. You can capture the call stacks of SQL Server when it does this spin and use publicly available symbols to lookup the function names inside the code.

One way to do this is to run an Xperf trace of the sqlservr.exe, another is with WinDbg. Anything that can collect and bucketize call stacks can help you. I will not get into more details here, but follow the links in this paragraph to learn more. I also have an article on SQLCAT that should help you get started on setting public symbol paths.

Suffice to say that I got hold of the sqlservr.pdb file (the publicly available symbols) and had a look at the call stacks that leads to SOS_OBJECT_STORE spins:


Aha! So this is related to the lock manager acquiring a lock on a page. Now, you may then ask: how can we influence this, surely we cannot control the way locks are acquired.

Well, as a matter of fact, we DO have a knob that gives us a tiny bit of influence. How about building the index like this:

ON dbo.MyBigTable (c1)

That should get rid of one level of the lock hierarchy (ROW/PAGE/TABLE), restricting us to either table level locks or row locks. Since we are playing OLTP system here – who needs page locks anyway? Total leftover from old times Smile… (I am only half kidding here)

Interestingly, this was just what was needed, the SOS_OBJECT_STORE spin is now gone:


But throughput has not changed at all. This is not surprising, given the much larger amount of spins on LOGCACHE_ACCES. But we learned something new: Disabling PAGE level locks can save some CPU cycles by eliminating some of the code paths – we can speculate that this might lead to increased throughput once other bottlenecks are gone.

At this time, before I am moving to a faster transaction log, these are my waits:


Notice the high SOS_SCHEDULER_YIELD up there right after the WRITELOG? I have a feeling those spins are not yet done tormenting us….


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