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MySQL benchmarks on eXFlash DIMMs

MySQL Performance Blog - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 1:00pm

In this blog post, we will discuss MySQL performance on eXFlash DIMMs. Earlier we measured the IO performance of these storage devices with sysbench fileio. Environment The benchmarking environment was the same as the one we did sysbench fileio in. CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2690 (hyper threading enabled) FusionIO driver version: 3.2.6 build 1212 Operating […]

Using Percona Cloud Tools to solve real-world MySQL problems

MySQL Performance Blog - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 7:49pm

For months when speaking with customers I have been positioning Percona Cloud Tools (PCT) as a valuable tool for the DBA/Developer/SysAdmin but only recently have I truly been able to harness the data and make a technical recommendation to a customer that I feel would have been very difficult to accomplish otherwise. Let me provide […]

Importing big tables with large indexes with Myloader MySQL tool

MySQL Performance Blog - Wed, 21/01/2015 - 2:00pm

Mydumper is known as the faster (much faster) mysqldump alternative. So, if you take a logical backup you will choose Mydumper instead of mysqldump. But what about the restore? Well, who needs to restore a logical backup? It takes ages! Even with Myloader. But this could change just a bit if we are able to take […]

Identifying useful info from MySQL row-based binary logs

MySQL Performance Blog - Tue, 20/01/2015 - 3:34pm

As a MySQL DBA/consultant, it is part of my job to decode the MySQL binary logs – and there are a number of reasons for doing that. In this post, I’ll explain how you can get the important information about your write workload using MySQL row-based binary logs and a simple awk script. First, it […]

Looking deeper into InnoDB’s problem with many row versions

MySQL Performance Blog - Mon, 19/01/2015 - 3:06pm

A few days ago I wrote about MySQL performance implications of InnoDB isolation modes and I touched briefly upon the bizarre performance regression I found with InnoDB handling a large amount of versions for a single row. Today I wanted to look a bit deeper into the problem, which I also filed as a bug. First […]

FOSDEM 2015: MySQL and Friends Community Dinner!

MySQL Performance Blog - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 8:00am

As you may already be aware, FOSDEM and its wonderful MySQL and Friends track are once again descending upon the campus of the ULB in Brussels, Belgium. Logically, a traditional MySQL and Friends Community Dinner must follow! Signups for that are now available, so be sure to get your tickets before they run out. As 2015 heralds the 20th […]

Hyper-threading – how does it double CPU throughput?

MySQL Performance Blog - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 8:00am

The other day a customer asked me to do capacity planning for their web server farm. I was looking at the CPU graph for one of the web servers that had Hyper-threading switched ON and thought to myself: “This must be quite a misleading graph – it shows 30% CPU usage. It can’t really be […]

Percona XtraBackup 2.2.8 is now available

MySQL Performance Blog - Wed, 14/01/2015 - 2:36pm

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.2.8 on January 14, 2015. Downloads are available from our download site or Percona Software Repositories. Percona XtraBackup enables MySQL backups without blocking user queries, making it ideal for companies with large data sets and mission-critical applications that cannot tolerate long periods of downtime. Offered […]

MySQL performance implications of InnoDB isolation modes

MySQL Performance Blog - Wed, 14/01/2015 - 11:00am

Over the past few months I’ve written a couple of posts about dangerous debt of InnoDB Transactional History and about the fact MVCC can be the cause of severe MySQL performance issues. In this post I will cover a related topic – InnoDB Transaction Isolation Modes, their relationship with MVCC (multi-version concurrency control) and how […]

Percona Live 2015 conference sessions announced!

MySQL Performance Blog - Tue, 13/01/2015 - 5:01pm

Today we announced the full conference sessions schedule for April’s Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2015 and this year’s event, once again at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center, looks to be the biggest yet with networking and learning opportunities for MySQL professionals and enthusiasts at all levels. Conference sessions […]

Percona Server 5.6.22-71.0 is now available

MySQL Performance Blog - Mon, 12/01/2015 - 6:07pm

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.6.22-71.0 on January 12, 2015. Download the latest version from the Percona web site or from the Percona Software Repositories. Based on MySQL 5.6.22, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.22-71.0 is the current GA release in the Percona Server 5.6 series. Percona Server is open-source […]

Percona Server 5.5.41-37.0 is now available

MySQL Performance Blog - Mon, 12/01/2015 - 5:43pm

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.5.41-37.0 on January 9, 2015. Based on MySQL 5.5.41, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.5.41-37.0 is now the current stable release in the 5.5 series. Percona Server is open-source and free. Details of the release can be found in the 5.5.41-37.0 […]

Managing data using open source technologies? Learn what’s hot in 2015!

MySQL Performance Blog - Thu, 08/01/2015 - 8:17pm

Whether you’re looking at the overall MySQL ecosystem or the all-data management landscape, the choice of technologies has never been larger than it is in 2015. Having so many options is great but it also can be very hard to make a selection. I’m going to help narrow the list next week during a Webinar […]

Django with time zone support and MySQL

MySQL Performance Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00am

This is yet another story of Django web-framework with time zone support and pain dealing with python datetimes and MySQL on the backend. In other words, offset-naive vs offset-aware datetimes. Shortly, more about the problem. After reading the official documentation about the time zones, it makes clear that in order to reflect python datetime in […]

Getting mutex information from MySQL’s performance_schema

MySQL Performance Blog - Tue, 06/01/2015 - 8:00am

We have been using SHOW ENGINE INNODB MUTEX command for years. It shows us mutex and rw-lock information that could be useful during service troubleshooting in case of performance problems. As Morgan Tocker announced in his blog post the command will be removed from MySQL 5.7 and we have to use performance_schema to get that […]

Using YUM to install specific MySQL/Percona Server versions

MySQL Performance Blog - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 2:52pm

Sometimes it is desired to use particular software versions in production, and not necessary the latest ones. There may be several reasons for that, where I think the most common is when a new version should spend some time in testing or a staging environment before getting to production. In theory each new version is […]

The MySQL Query Cache: How it works, plus workload impacts (good and bad)

MySQL Performance Blog - Fri, 02/01/2015 - 8:00am

Query caching is one of the prominent features in MySQL and a vital part of query optimization. It is important to know how it works as it has the potential to cause significant performance improvements – or a slowdown – of your workload. The MySQL query cache is a global one shared among the sessions. It caches […]

How small changes impact complex systems – MySQL example

MySQL Performance Blog - Wed, 31/12/2014 - 11:00am

If you’ve been studying complex systems you know what minor changes might cause consequences of much greater proportions, sometimes causing some effects that are not easily explained at first. I recently ran across a great illustration of such behavior while doing MySQL benchmarks which I thought would be interesting to share. I’m using a very […]

Diagnosing SST errors with Percona XtraDB Cluster for MySQL

MySQL Performance Blog - Tue, 30/12/2014 - 8:00am

State Snapshot Transfer (SST) is used in Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) when a new node joins the cluster or to resync a failed node if Incremental State Transfer (IST) is no longer available. SST is triggered automatically but there is no magic: If it is not configured properly, it will not work and new nodes […]

How well does your table fit in the InnoDB buffer pool in MySQL 5.6+?

MySQL Performance Blog - Mon, 29/12/2014 - 2:31pm

Some time ago, Peter Zaitsev posted a blog titled “How well does your table fits in innodb buffer pool?” He used some special INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables developed for Percona Server 5.1 to report how much of each InnoDB table and index resides in your buffer pool. As Peter pointed out, you can use this view into […]

InnoDB crash recovery speed in MySQL 5.6

MySQL Performance Blog - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 2:43pm

It has been a while since I have looked at InnoDB crash recovery. A lot has change in the last few years – we have serious crash recovery performance improvements in MySQL 5.5 and MySQL 5.6, we have solid state drives raising as typical high performance IO subsystem and we also have the ability to […]

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File carving methods for the MySQL DBA

MySQL Performance Blog - Tue, 23/12/2014 - 4:31pm

This is a long overdue blog post from London’s 44con Cyber Security conference back in September. A lot of old memories were brought to the front as it were; the one I’m going to cover in this blog post is: file carving. So what is file carving? despite the terminology it’s not going to be a […]

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Testing backup locks during Xtrabackup SST on Percona XtraDB Cluster

MySQL Performance Blog - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 1:00pm

Background on Backup Locks I was very excited to see Backup locks support in release notes for the latest Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.21 release. For those who are not aware, backup locks offer an alternative to FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK (FTWRL) in Xtrabackup. While Xtrabackup can hot-copy Innodb, everything else in MySQL must be locked (usually […]

Store UUID in an optimized way

MySQL Performance Blog - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 2:00pm

A few years ago Peter Zaitsev, in a post titled “To UUID or not to UUID,” wrote: “There is timestamp based part in UUID which has similar properties to auto_increment and which could be used to have values generated at same point in time physically local in BTREE index.” For this post I’ve rearranged the timestamp part […]

Making HAProxy 1.5 replication lag aware in MySQL

MySQL Performance Blog - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 3:48pm

HAProxy is frequently used as a software load balancer in the MySQL world. Peter Boros, in a past post, explained how to set it up with Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) so that it only sends queries to available nodes. The same approach can be used in a regular master-slaves setup to spread the read load across […]

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