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Multi-Statement Functions

Erik Darling has started looking at interleaved execution of multi-statement table-valued functions in SQL Server 2017.  First, he gives an intro:

In the first plan, the optimizer chooses the ColumnStore index over the nonclustered index that it chose in compat level 130.

This plan is back to where it was before, and I’m totally cool with that. Avoiding bad choices is just as good as making good choices.

I think. I never took an ethics class, so whatever.

In part deux, Erik compares interleaved multi-statement functions to in-line table-valued functions:

In this case, the inline table valued function wiped the floor with the MSTVF, even with Interleaved Execution.

Obviously there’s overhead dumping that many rows into a table variable prior to performing the join, but hey, if you’re dumping enough rows in a MSTVF to care about enhanced cardinality estimation…

Just like Global Thermonuclear War, I believe the best way to win mutli-statement versus inline TVFs is not to play at all.