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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: Lock
SQL Server versions: 2014, 2016, 2017


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Occurs when a task is waiting to acquire a Shared lock with Low Priority. (Related to the low priority wait option of ALTER TABLE and ALTER INDEX.) Information from Microsoft®

Very rare

This wait never occurs for most instances

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

Prevalence of LCK_M_S_LOW_PRIORITY across the Spotlight Population

For 86 % of hours with this wait, average wait time is less than 1.2 seconds

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

4 instances contributed data to this chart

Latency Distribution of LCK_M_S_LOW_PRIORITY across the Spotlight Population