April 23, 2014

High-load problems? Investigate them with ‘pt-query-digest’

I had the chance to work on an interesting case last week, and I thought I’d share what I think is a little known goodie from Percona Toolkit for MySQL called pt-query-digest. One customer was suffering from periods of high load on their database server, leading to degraded application performance, and sometimes even short moments […]

MySQL 5.6 vs MySQL 5.5 and the Star Schema Benchmark

So far most of the benchmarks posted about MySQL 5.6 use the sysbench OLTP workload.  I wanted to test a set of queries which, unlike sysbench, utilize joins.  I also wanted an easily reproducible set of data which is more rich than the simple sysbench table.  The Star Schema Benchmark (SSB) seems ideal for this. […]

Profiling MySQL Memory Usage With Valgrind Massif

There are times where you need to know exactly how much memory the mysqld server (or any other program) is using, where (i.e. for what function) it was allocated, how it got there (a backtrace, please!), and at what point in time the allocation happened. For example; you may have noticed a sharp memory increase […]

Percona XtraDB Cluster: SElinux is not always the culprit !

If you are using SElinux, you should know that it’s advised to disable it to avoid issue with PXC. Generally the communication between your nodes doesn’t work properly and a node having SElinux enabled won’t be able to join the cluster. So when a node doesn’t join the cluster where it should, my first reflex […]

Adaptive flushing in MySQL 5.6 – cont

This is to continue my previous experiments on adaptive flushing in MySQL 5.6.6. Now I am running Ubuntu 12.04, which seems to provide a better throughput than previous system (CentOS 6.3), it also changes the profile of results. So, as previous I run tpcc-mysql 2500W, against MySQL 5.6.6 with innodb_buffer_pool_size 150GB, and now I vary […]

Write contentions on the query cache

While doing a performance audit for a customer a few weeks ago, I tried to improve the response time of their top slow query according to pt-query-digest‘s report. This query was run very frequently and had very unstable performance: during the time data was collected, response time varied from 50µs to 1s. When I ran […]

Announcing Percona Server 5.5.25a-27.1

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.5.25a-27.1 on July 21st, 2012 (Downloads are available here and from the Percona Software Repositories). Based on MySQL 5.5.25a, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.5.25a-27.1 is now the current stable release in the 5.5 series. All of Percona‘s software is open-source and free, all the details of the release can […]

How expensive is USER_STATISTICS?

One of our customers asked me whether it’s safe to enable the so-called USER_STATISTICS features of Percona Server in a heavy-use production server with many tens of thousands of tables. If you’re not familiar with this feature, it creates some new INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables that add counters for activity on users, hosts, tables, indexes, and more. […]

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!