Information About Waits Stats in SQL Server LATCH and LAZYWRITER Waits

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SQL Server internally uses worker threads to execute SQL queries sent by various applications. While threads are executing they may be either running on CPU processing the request or would be waiting on a certain resource or waiting in waiting for its chance to run on CPU. SQL Server assigns a certain wait type to the worker thread that is waiting.

If a query is taking long time to complete, we can look at the query sessions wait type to get an understanding of what kind of resource it is the query waiting for and take appropriate action to avoid the queries to wait, thus making the queries complete fast.

Below are some of the SQL Server Wait Types related to LATCH and LAZYWRITER related waits.

LATCH_DT
Occurs when waiting for a DT (destroy) latch. This does not include buffer latches or transaction mark latches. A listing of LATCH_* waits is available in sys.dm_os_latch_stats. Note that sys.dm_os_latch_stats groups LATCH_NL, LATCH_SH, LATCH_UP, LATCH_EX, and LATCH_DT waits together.

LATCH_EX
Occurs when waiting for an EX (exclusive) latch. This does not include buffer latches or transaction mark latches. A listing of LATCH_* waits is available in sys.dm_os_latch_stats. Note that sys.dm_os_latch_stats groups LATCH_NL, LATCH_SH, LATCH_UP, LATCH_EX, and LATCH_DT waits together.

LATCH_KP
Occurs when waiting for a KP (keep) latch. This does not include buffer latches or transaction mark latches. A listing of LATCH_* waits is available in sys.dm_os_latch_stats. Note that sys.dm_os_latch_stats groups LATCH_NL, LATCH_SH, LATCH_UP, LATCH_EX, and LATCH_DT waits together.

LATCH_NL
Identified for informational purposes only. Not supported. Future compatibility is not guaranteed.

LATCH_SH
Occurs when waiting for an SH (share) latch. This does not include buffer latches or transaction mark latches. A listing of LATCH_* waits is available in sys.dm_os_latch_stats. Note that sys.dm_os_latch_stats groups LATCH_NL, LATCH_SH, LATCH_UP, LATCH_EX, and LATCH_DT waits together.

LATCH_UP
Occurs when waiting for an UP (update) latch. This does not include buffer latches or transaction mark latches. A listing of LATCH_* waits is available in sys.dm_os_latch_stats. Note that sys.dm_os_latch_stats groups LATCH_NL, LATCH_SH, LATCH_UP, LATCH_EX, and LATCH_DT waits together.

LAZYWRITER_SLEEP
Occurs when lazywriter tasks are suspended. This is a measure of the time spent by background tasks that are waiting. Do not consider this state when you are looking for user stalls.

This is applicable on below versions of SQL Server

SQL Server 2005
SQL Server 2008 R2
SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2014

Hope this was helpful.

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