Snake draft sorting in SQL Server, part 4


In the previous posts in this series (part 1, part 2, part 3), I described how I have optimized a long-running set of routines by processing databases, tables, and even subsets of tables in parallel. This leads to many separate jobs that all kick off at roughly the same time, but because it is difficult to get a perfect balance of work across the jobs, the end times are jagged and unpredictable:

Imagine you’ve split up this chunk of work so that, collectively, it finishes much faster. When all of the threads are done, you want to kick off