[freetds] RE: bulk insert parallelism (was FreeTDS Digest, Vol 18, Issue 38)

brian at bruns.com brian at bruns.com
Fri Jul 30 20:01:06 EDT 2004

On Fri, 30 Jul 2004 15:05:28 -0400, "Joseph Geiser" wrote:

> > Perhaps you could provide a link to the page on Microsoft's web
> > that describes the feature you're talking about?  Because I don't
> know
> > of any parallelism provided by any bcp utility.  
> ...
> > As a comparison of the documentation shows, there are some features
> > Microsoft's bcp.exe provides that freebcp does not, but I 
> > can't think of
> > anything called "parallelism".  
> The "parallelism" I beleve that is being spoken of, is BCP's (and
> DTS's)
> ability to thread the copy process - using multiple threads to
> multiple tables at the same time.
> For example, if one uses DTS (which uses some bcp under the covers),
> and
> copies 4 tables from one database to another, it will usually spawn
> threads, copy the first two, and then reuse those threads to copy the
> other
> two.  If one finishes before the second, the freed up thread will
> usually
> (but not always) start on the third table while the second finishes -
> and
> after the second finishes, it goes on to the fourth.
> (If I'm off base here - sorry about that - but it's the only thing I
> can
> think of in terms of bcp and parallel processing.)
> Regards,
> Joe

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