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This wait type seems to be when a thread needs to allocate memory and there is none available. It waits for a small amount of time, assuming that something else in the system will create some free memory for it to allocate.
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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 1096 in 2016 RTM. After 2016 RTM, you must check the DMV to get the latest value as some map_key values have changed in later builds.
I have not seen this wait type be a noticeable contention point, but if they start to increase on your system, that’s a sign that the instance is under memory pressure, which may indicate other problems on the instance.
Known occurrences in SQL Server (list number matches call stack list):
- Waiting for memory to become available, in this case while allocating memory for the internals of a stream aggregate
And many other similar call stacks.
Abbreviated call stacks (list number matches known occurrences list):