April 16, 2014

A case for MariaDB’s Hash Joins

MariaDB 5.3/5.5 has introduced a new join type “Hash Joins” which is an implementation of a Classic Block-based Hash Join Algorithm. In this post we will see what the Hash Join is, how it works and for what types of queries would it be the right choice. I will show the results of executing benchmarks […]

Data compression in InnoDB for text and blob fields

Have you wanted to compress only certain types of columns in a table while leaving other columns uncompressed? While working on a customer case this week I saw an interesting problem where a table had many heavily utilized TEXT fields with some read queries exceeding 500MB (!!), and stored in a 100GB table. In this […]

Percona at SELF

There is a great conference – SELF (South East Linux Fest) taking place in June 8-9 in Charlotte,NC This conference has a great lineup for MySQL with 2 tracks on Friday dedicated to it. There are many great speakers both from Oracle and community on the list. From Percona I will speak about Optimizing MySQL […]

Secure passwords being insecure

If you follow the general advices to create secure password the following ones seem to be secure, right? s11P$||!sh&2 pr0&!!ke0 3kj39|!381 The answer to the question is, “it depends on how you use them” Notice that these passwords all contain multiple exclamation points and ampersands which are normally special characters for your shell. The people […]

Announcing Percona Server 5.1.63-13.4

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.1.63-13.4 on May 24th, 2012 (Downloads are available from Percona Server 5.1.63-13.4 downloads and from the Percona Software Repositories). Based on MySQL 5.1.63, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.1.63-13.4 is now the current stable release in the 5.1 series. All of Percona‘s software is open-source and free, all the […]

Webinar – Migrating to Percona XtraDB Cluster

Whenever I learn about a new technology, I typically want to know the major administrative touch points more than I want to know exhaustive detail about every configuration option.  Give me the gist, show me enough to get started, and give me a link to the manual. XtraDB cluster (and Galera, the technology on which it […]

Binary log file size matters (sometimes)

I used to think one should never look at max_binlog_size, however last year I had a couple of interesting cases which showed that sometimes it may be very important variable to tune properly. I meant to write about it earlier but never really had a chance to do it. I have it now!

Percona Live MySQL Conference 2012 Prize Winners and Percona Live New York 2012

I’m pleased to announce a variety of prize winners associated with the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2012. The following people won prizes in the pre-conference registration promotion: Kindle Fire Winners: Tatiana B., Etsy, United States Tom H., Cloudtree, United States Loren A., HearSayCorp, United States High Performance MySQL 3rd Edition Book Winners: Marcus […]

btrfs – probably not ready yet

Every time I have a conversation on SSD, someone mentions btrfs filesystem. And usually it is colored as a solution that will solve all our problems, improve overall performance and SSD in particular, and it is a saviour. Of course it caught my curiosity and I decided to perform a benchmark similar to what I […]

Intel 520 SSD in MySQL sysbench oltp benchmark

In my raw IO benchmark of Intel 520 SSD we saw that the drive does not provide uniform throughput and response time, but it is interesting how does it affect workload if it comes from MySQL. I prepared benchmarks results for Sysbench OLTP workload with MySQL running on Intel 520. You can download it there.