April 24, 2014

What Causes Downtime in MySQL?

We’ve just published a new white paper analyzing the causes of emergency incidents filed by our customers. The numbers contradict the urban myth that bad SQL is the most common problem in databases. There are a number of surprises in other areas, too, such as the causes of data loss. This is the companion to […]

How to estimate query completion time in MySQL

Have you ever run a query in MySQL and wondered how long it’ll take to complete? Many people have had this experience. It’s not a big deal until the query has been running for an hour. Or a day and a half. Just when IS that query going to finish, anyway? There are actually a […]

MySQL net_write_timeout vs wait_timeout and protocol notes

In my previous post I mentioned you might need to increase net_write_timeout to avoid connection being aborted and now I think I should have better explained that. MySQL uses a lot of different timeout variables at different stages. For example when connection is just being established connect_timeout is used. When server waits for another query […]

Backport of micro-time patch to mysql 4.1

Taking into account 4.1 tree is still popular and is used on many production servers we decided to make backport of patch to slow-log queries. The patch allows to specify time of slow queries in microseconds and is very helpful in a fight with problematic queries. 4.1 Patch is available here (The original patch was […]

Encrypted and incremental MySQL backups with Percona XtraBackup

We’ve recently received a number of questions on how to implement incremental MySQL backups alongside encryption with Percona XtraBackup. Some users thought it was not initially possible because with the default --encrypt options with XtraBackup, all files will be encrypted, but alas, that is not the case. This is where the option --extra-lsn-dir becomes useful, […]

Percona Live 2014 behind; MySQL ahead

I started using MySQL 11 years ago.  That’s not too long compared to other people in the industry, but nonetheless here’s my perspective on the state of the MySQL industry after attending Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2104. In short, the attitude around MySQL has changed from “Does it work?” to “Is it fast […]

Using Apache Hadoop and Impala together with MySQL for data analysis

Apache Hadoop is commonly used for data analysis. It is fast for data loads and scalable. In a previous post I showed how to integrate MySQL with Hadoop. In this post I will show how to export a table from  MySQL to Hadoop, load the data to Cloudera Impala (columnar format) and run a reporting […]

Optimizing MySQL Performance: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job

Next Wednesday, I will present a webinar about MySQL performance profiling tools that every MySQL DBA should know. Application performance is a key aspect of ensuring a good experience for your end users. But finding and fixing performance bottlenecks is difficult in the complex systems that define today’s web applications. Having a method and knowing how […]

Facebook’s Yoshinori Matsunobu on MySQL, WebScaleSQL & Percona Live

I spoke with Facebook database engineer Yoshinori Matsunobu here at Percona Live 2014 today about a range of topics, including MySQL at Facebook, the company’s recent move to WebScaleSQL, new MySQL flash storage technologies – and why attending the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo each year is very important to him. Facebook engineers are hosting several […]

A conversation with 5 Facebook MySQL gurus

Facebook, the undisputed king of online social networks, has 1.23 billion monthly active users collectively contributing to an ocean of data-intensive tasks – making the company one of the world’s top MySQL users. A small army of Facebook MySQL experts will be converging on Santa Clara, Calif. next week where several of them are leading […]