Hot Add CPU

Hot add CPU is the ability to dynamically add CPUs to a running system. Adding CPUs can occur physically by adding new hardware, logically by online hardware partitioning, or virtually through a virtualization layer. Starting with SQL Server 2008, SQL Server supports hot add CPU.

Requirements for hot add CPU:

SQL Server does not automatically start to use CPUs after they are added. This prevents SQL Server from using CPUs that might be added for some other purpose. After adding CPUs, execute the RECONFIGURE statement, so that SQL Server will recognize the new CPUs as available resources.


If the affinity64 mask is configured, the affinity64 mask must be modified to use the new CPUs.