Changing default MAXDOP in Azure SQL Database

Executive Summary

To improve customer workload performance and reduce unnecessary resource utilization, the default MAXDOP setting for new databases in Azure SQL Database is changing from the previous default of 0 (unlimited) to 8.


Why MAXDOP matters

The “max degree of parallelism” (a.k.a. MAXDOP) SQL Server configuration option controls the ability of the database engine to use parallel threads during query processing. When MAXDOP is other than 1, the database engine may execute queries using multiple concurrent threads. This often results in shorter query duration due to additional CPU resources used for query processing. The number of concurrently executing