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Memory-Optimized Table Variables and tempdb Contention

Erik Darling notes that memory-optimized table variables can be useful in specific circumstances:

First, yes, they do help relieve tempdb contention if you have code that executes under both high concurrency and frequency. And by high, I mean REALLY HIGH.

Like, Snoop Dogg high.

Because you can’t get rid of in memory stuff, I’m creating a separate database to test in.

Been there. When tempdb object creation causes massive contention, this certainly alleviates the stress.

As Erik notes, there are some tradeoffs to this, meaning that you have a real decision to make rather than simply using memory-optimized user-defined table types as a starting point.