Deadlocks on exchangeEvent and threadpool

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80771711 I got to work with deadlocks quite a bit recently.  There were quite a few interesting ones that came up that I had the chance to research.  Since I like easy, I’ll start with the one that I forgot to grab the deadlock details for.

Well, maybe not all of the details… in this case as the title states I was looking at deadlocks with the events exchangeEvent and threadpool.  I managed to come across a post from Bart Duncan that went through and deciphered this deadlock.  The long and the short of it… parallelism deadlocks.

Bart does a better job explaining this than I can do here, especially since I didn’t take the time to grab the deadlock details for review.  Maybe I’ll have that one the next one…

Fortunately, a large part of the issue that I was reviewing for the client had to do with parallelism and so solving this issue actually occurred as a side effect of dealing with parallelism issues.  But I will share my little secret that I used to resolve this and most of the parallelism…

Indexes!!

There I said it.  True, you can have too many indexes.  But no indexes is too few.  No clustered indexes can lead to too many scans.  I could pulpit here on indexes and making sure that you have them, but I’ll save that for another time.

Overall, I used Bart’s Workaround #1.  Hopefully this helps… direct you to a post that is more prescriptive.