July 31, 2014

Helgrinding MySQL with InnoDB for Synchronisation Errors, Fun and Profit

It is no secret that bugs related to multithreading–deadlocks, data races, starvations etc–have a big impact on application’s stability and are at the same time hard to find due to their nondeterministic nature.  Any tool that makes finding such bugs easier, preferably before anybody is aware of their existence, is very welcome.

MySQL Life Cycle. Your Feedback is needed.

When I started with MySQL 3.22 I would start running MySQL from early beta (if not alpha) and update MySQL the same date as release would hit the web. Since that time I matured and so did MySQL ecosystem. MySQL is powering a lot more demanding and business critical applications now than 12 years ago […]

What’s the recommended MySQL version?

I see this message on our forums, and I think it’s a great question: “Which version of Percona Server is currently recommended?” It’s really the same question as “Which version of MySQL is currently recommended?” I’ll respond here and then post a link in the forum as a reply. In my opinion, it’s important to […]

Scaling problems still exist in MySQL 5.5 and Percona Server 5.5

MySQL 5.5 and Percona Server 5.5 do not solve all scalability problems even for read only workloads. Workloads which got a lot of attention such as Sysbench and DBT2/TPC-C scale pretty well a they got a lot of attention, there can be other quite typical workloads however which do not scale that well. This is […]

Multiple purge threads in Percona Server 5.1.56 and MySQL 5.6.2

Part of the InnoDB duties, being an MVCC-implementing storage engine, is to get rid of–purge–the old versions of the records as they become obsolete.  In MySQL 5.1 this is done by the master InnoDB thread.  Since then, InnoDB has been moving towards the parallelized purge: in MySQL 5.5 there is an option to have a […]

MySQL at Facebook, present and future

Harrison Fisk, from the Facebook database team, will be in New York City delivering the closing keynote at Percona Live next month. He’ll be talking about the present status and future plans for MySQL inside Facebook’s environment. As you probably know, Facebook is one of the largest users of MySQL, with their own set of […]

MySQL 5.5.8 and Percona Server: being adaptive

As we can see, MySQL 5.5.8 comes with great improvements and scalability fixes. Adding up all the new features, you have a great release. However, there is one area I want to touch on in this post. At Percona, we consider it important not only to have the best peak performance, but also stable and predictable performance. I refer you […]

Security fixes for MySQL 4.0 and 4.1

In Percona Server security fix releases I mentioned patches for MySQL 4.0 and 4.1. I am happy to announce that GoDaddy.com released patches for MySQL 4.0 and MySQL 4.1 under GPL license and you can get them from our Launchpad: for 4.0: lp:~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.0.30 ( or https://launchpad.net/~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.0.30 ) for 4.1: lp:~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.1.24 ( or https://launchpad.net/~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.1.24) Fixed bugs: […]

Introducing percona-patches for 5.1

Our patches for 5.0 have attracted significant interest.  You can read about SecondLife’s experience here, as well as what Flickr had to say on their blog.  The main improvements come in both performance gains and improvements to diagnostics (such as the improvements to the slow log output, and INDEX_STATISTICS). Despite having many requests to port […]

Global Transaction ID and other patches available!

I do not know if you noticed it, but Google (Mark Callaghan, Justin Tolmer and their internal mysql-team) made a great contribution to MySQL. Patches global transaction IDs, binlog event checksums and crash-safe replication state are separated and published on Launchpad (https://code.launchpad.net/~jtolmer/mysql-server/global-trx-ids). For me it was a big wall in using these patches that they […]