July 23, 2014

Thank You Percona Live London 2012 Attendees!

Percona Live London wrapped up last week to very positive reviews from attendees and sponsors like those from Johan De Meersman. Percona was pleased to provide an engaging event for MySQL community members that featured engaging tutorials, highly rated breakout sessions, a very well-attended Tuesday community networking reception sponsored by Clustrix, and keynotes from a […]

Quickly finding unused indexes (and estimating their size)

I had a customer recently who needed to reduce their database size on disk quickly without a lot of messy schema redesign and application recoding.  They didn’t want to drop any actual data, and their index usage was fairly high, so we decided to look for unused indexes that could be removed. Collecting data It’s […]

Fishing with dynamite, brought to you by the randgen and dbqp

I tend to speak highly of the random query generator as a testing tool and thought I would share a story that shows how it can really shine. At our recent dev team meeting, we spent approximately 30 minutes of hack time to produce test cases for 3 rather hard to duplicate bugs. Of course, […]

Distributed Set Processing with Shard-Query

Can Shard-Query scale to 20 nodes? Peter asked this question in comments to to my previous Shard-Query benchmark. Actually he asked if it could scale to 50, but testing 20 was all I could due to to EC2 and time limits. I think the results at 20 nodes are very useful to understand the performance: […]

Ultimate MySQL variable and status reference list

I am constantly referring to the amazing MySQL manual, especially the option and variable reference table. But just as frequently, I want to look up blog posts on variables, or look for content in the Percona documentation or forums. So I present to you what is now my newest Firefox toolbar bookmark: an option and […]

Data mart or data warehouse?

This is part two in my six part series on business intelligence, with a focus on OLAP analysis. Part 1 – Intro to OLAP Identifying the differences between a data warehouse and a data mart. (this post) Introduction to MDX and the kind of SQL which a ROLAP tool must generate to answer those queries. […]

Percona Welcomes Justin Swanhart

Percona is pleased to officially welcome Justin Swanhart to our team of consultants. Before joining Percona, Justin worked as a MySQL DBA at Gazillion, Yahoo, and Kickfire. Justin has become a regular contributor here on the MySQL Performance Blog as well as being an active blogger at http://swanhart.livejournal.com/. He is very active in the community, […]

Just do the math!

One of the most typical reasons for performance and scalability problems I encounter is simply failing to do the math. And these are typically bad one because it often leads to implementing architectures which are not up for job they are intended to solve. Let me start with example to make it clear. Lets say […]

Percona welcomes Ewen Fortune and Piotr Biel

Although we haven’t announced any new members in a while, the Percona team has continued to grow steadily behind the scenes. Our hiring policy is to have a few months’ provisional period to ensure the…, of course. Ewen has been a consultant and contractor before joining Percona, and has many years of experience in Oracle, MySQL, Unix systems ….

Piotr Biel lives in Poland, quite close to our other Polish team member (Maciek Dobrzanski). In his past as a system architect he … can do!

Ewen and Piotr, a very warm welcome to the Percona team from all of us, and we are so glad to …

Is disk Everything for MySQL Performance ?

I read very nice post by Matt today and it has many good insights though I can’t say I agree on all points. First there is a lot of people out where which put it as disk is everything. Remember Paul Tuckfield saying “You should ask how many disks they have instead of how many […]