sys.dm_os_memory_cache_entries (Transact-SQL)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server noAzure SQL Database noAzure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) noParallel Data Warehouse

Returns information about all entries in caches in SQL Server. Use this view to trace cache entries to their associated objects. You can also use this view to obtain statistics on cache entries.


To call this from Azure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) or Parallel Data Warehouse, use the name sys.dm_pdw_nodes_os_memory_cache_entries.

Column name Data type Description
cache_address varbinary(8) Address of the cache. Is not nullable.
name nvarchar(256) Name of the cache. Is not nullable.
type varchar(60) Type of cache. Is not nullable.
entry_address varbinary(8) Address of the descriptor of the cache entry. Is not nullable.
entry_data_address varbinary(8) Address of the user data in the cache entry.

0x00000000 = Entry data address is not available.

Is not nullable.
in_use_count int Number of concurrent users of this cache entry. Is not nullable.
is_dirty bit Indicates whether this cache entry is marked for removal. 1 = marked for removal. Is not nullable.
disk_ios_count int Number of I/Os incurred while this entry was created. Is not nullable.
context_switches_count int Number of context switches incurred while this entry was created. Is not nullable.
original_cost int Original cost of the entry. This value is an approximation of the number of I/Os incurred, CPU instruction cost, and the amount of memory consumed by entry. The greater the cost, the lower the chance that the item will be removed from the cache. Is not nullable.
current_cost int Current cost of the cache entry. This value is updated during the process of entry purging. Current cost is reset to its original value on entry reuse. Is not nullable.
memory_object_address varbinary(8) Address of the associated memory object. Is nullable.
pages_allocated_count bigint Applies to: SQL Server 2008 through SQL Server 2008 R2.

Number of 8-KB pages to store this cache entry. Is not nullable.
pages_kb bigint Applies to: SQL Server 2012 (11.x) and later.

Amount of memory in kilobytes (KB) used by this cache entry. Is not nullable.
entry_data nvarchar(2048) Serialized representation of the cached entry. This information is cache store dependant. Is nullable.
pool_id int Applies to: SQL Server 2008 R2 and later.

Resource pool id associated with entry. Is nullable.

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pdw_node_id int Applies to: Azure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW), Parallel Data Warehouse

The identifier for the node that this distribution is on.


On SQL Server, requires VIEW SERVER STATE permission.
On SQL Database Premium Tiers, requires the VIEW DATABASE STATE permission in the database. On SQL Database Standard and Basic Tiers, requires the Server admin or an Azure Active Directory admin account.

See Also

SQL Server Operating System Related Dynamic Management Views (Transact-SQL)