Getting List of Top Queries by Query Hash

Starting SQL 2008, we have had Query Hash column in sys.dm_exec_query_stats.  It helps group common queries together, because when SQL Server is generating execution plan or caches queries it bases it on a HASH value it calculates.  However, if you’re application is mostly using T-SQL (e.g. not Stored Procedures); then the HASH value be different every time.  So the Query Stats DMV couldn’t provide proper grouping until 2008; script below takes advantage of that and gives you total stats for key columns.

-- SQLCanada, Mohit K. Gupta
-- Script from
-- Last Updated: May 12, 2012

WITH QSD (SQLStatement, PlanHandle, NumOfExecutions, Duration_ms, CPU_ms, Reads, Writes, QueryHash)
                        ((CASE qs.statement_end_offset WHEN -1 THEN
                          END - qs.statement_start_offset)/2) + 1)  AS SQLStatement
            , qs.plan_handle AS PlanHandle
            , execution_count AS NumOfExecutions
            , total_elapsed_time/1000 AS Duration_ms
            , total_worker_time/1000 AS CPU_ms
            , total_logical_reads AS Reads
            , total_logical_writes AS Writes
            , query_hash AS QueryHash
       FROM sys.dm_exec_query_stats qs
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text (qs.sql_handle) st
      WHERE query_hash != 0x0000000000000000)

  SELECT QSD.QueryHash,
         MIN(QSD.SQLStatement) AS SQLStatement,
	      MIN(QSD.PlanHandle)   AS PlanHandle,
         SUM(QSD.NumOfExecutions) AS TotalNumOfExecutions,
         SUM(QSD.Duration_ms)/SUM(QSD.NumOfExecutions) AS AvgDuration_ms,
         SUM(QSD.CPU_ms)/SUM(QSD.NumOfExecutions) AS AvgCPU_ms,
         SUM(QSD.Reads)/SUM(QSD.NumOfExecutions) AS AvgReads,
         SUM(QSD.Writes)/SUM(QSD.NumOfExecutions) AS AvgWrites
GROUP BY QueryHash

Example Output:


If you notice I don’t have any kind of sort or Top 50 function.  Reason is I don’t want to tax SQL Server; after this list is produced I can pull it into Microsoft Excel for analysis.  On a 32-bit system you can get away with doing this right on server; however on 64-bit server with 128GB of memory, the data set returned can be large trying to do top 50 or other sorting can be costly.

Also please note I didn’t include sys.dm_exec_query_plan for similar reasons.  After I find the statement I want to focus on I’ll use the value of PlanHandle to pull out the individual plans.

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