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Finding Processes Waiting on Spinlocks

David Fowler helps us find processes waiting on spinlocks:

Spinlock contention is always a real headache to deal with. I recently saw an issue when spinlock contention on SOS_CACHESTORE was making the server virtually unresponsive. The issue was very intermittent with no obvious pattern but the assumption is that it was caused by a particular process in the application. Finding what that process was the tricky part, they don’t show up as waiting tasks so your usual scripts for looking for waiting processes may not work here.

It’s almost never spinlocks, but when it is, this is how you figure it out.