I just returned to New England after 4 days in Charlotte at Pass Summit 2013. I analogize the conference to going out to eat every hour, some presentations I truly enjoyed; Others did not suit my pallet. Overall, I would rate the event as a total success. Here are some presentations I viewed in chronological order that were definite highlights during my trip.
Thomas LaRock / Tim Chapman - Query Performance Tuning: A 12 step method.
Paul Randal - Waits, Latches, and Spinlocks: Internals and Analysis
Glenn Barry - Storage Subsystem Basics for the DBA.
Brent Ozar - Why is SQL Server Slow right now?
I do have a few grips about the event. Most can not be helped by the event organizers. First, the conference hotel rate was all…