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This wait type is when a thread is waiting for the read of a non-table data file page (usually an allocation bitmap) from disk to complete, and the thread is going to modify the page structure once it is in memory (UP = UPdate mode). This wait type can also be when a thread is waiting for the synchronous write of a special page to disk. The Latches Whitepaper in the sidebar on the right has a description of all latch modes and their compatibility with other latch modes.
(Books Online description: “Occurs when a task is waiting on a latch for a buffer that is in an I/O request. The latch request is in Update mode. Long waits may indicate problems with the disk subsystem.”)
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Added in SQL Server version:
Removed in SQL Server version:
Extended Events wait_type value:
The map_key value in sys.dm_xe_map_values is 67 in all versions through 2014 RTM. After 2014 RTM, you must check the DMV to get the latest value as some map_key values have changed in later builds.
See the PAGEIOLATCH_SH wait type for more details, but bear in mind that these waits can also be for page writes, not just for page reads.
Known occurrences in SQL Server (list number matches call stack list):
- Updating the database boot page (page 9 in file 1) at the end of a log backup
- Updating the transaction log’s fileheader page (page 0 in the file) at the end of a log growth
- Flushing a page to disk that’s just been changed while replaying log records on a mirror database (database mirroring flushes changed pages to disk immediately rather than waiting for checkpoints)
- Changing the state of an extent in an SGAM page to reflect that the extent may have a free single page for allocating (in this case, the single page allocation is being performed by the version store in tempdb)
- Changing a PFS byte in a PFS page (in this case, setting the bit that indicates the page has one or more ghost records, for a page in a system catalog while dropping an object)
- Change a bit in the extent map of an IAM page (in this case deallocating an extent because the only allocated page in it was deallocated, and the page was deallocated after being cleaned of all records by the background ghost cleanup task
Many more similar stacks where the boot page or file header pages are being updated, or where database mirroring is replaying log records on the mirror database (anything with LsMgr in the stack is database mirroring), or when special pages (usually allocation bitmaps) are being changed.
Abbreviated call stacks (list number matches known occurrences list):