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The charts are based on 2.1 TB of data collected from 4207 instances uploaded by 323 Spotlight users over an 8 week period.


Category: Idle
SQL Server versions: 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

This is an idle wait and so it can be safely ignored.


1 Answer


Occurs when a thread from the dispatcher pool is waiting for more work to process. The wait time for this wait type is expected to increase when the dispatcher is idle. Information from Microsoft®

Very rare

This wait never occurs for most instances

For each of 4207 instances, we ranked DISPATCHER_QUEUE_SEMAPHORE on how frequent it is compared to all other recent waits. The chart shows the total of all rankings.

Prevalence of DISPATCHER_QUEUE_SEMAPHORE across the Spotlight Population

For 71 % of hours with this wait, average wait time is less than 19 seconds

For each instance, we found all the recent hours when it had a DISPATCHER_QUEUE_SEMAPHORE wait. We found the average latency for each of those hours.

419 instances contributed data to this chart

Latency Distribution of DISPATCHER_QUEUE_SEMAPHORE across the Spotlight Population