The MAXDOP query hint is used to implicitly specify the maximum degree of parallelism to use for a specific statement. The degree of parallelism is roughly defined as how many separate processors to utilize for a single query. To set this, use the following convention:
OPTION (MAXDOP 1)
This will force only one instance of the SPID to be spawned. To allow more instances of a SPID to be spawned replace the 1 with the maximum number.
This needs to be specified after each statement. It is not specific to the statement.
As with all query hints, it is recommended that you know internally what you are controlling by specifying this hint. While this specific hint is relatively harmless if you specify “1” it is still recommended you understand it’s effects.