July 22, 2014

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, […]

dbqp and Xtrabackup testing

So I’m back from the Percona dev team’s recent meeting.  While there, we spent a fair bit of time discussing Xtrabackup development.  One of our challenges is that as we add richer features to the tool, we need equivalent testing capabilities.  However, it seems a constant in the MySQL world that available QA tools often […]

Updated Percona Server and Percona XtraBackup documentation

We’ve just gone live with a new way of publishing and maintaining documentation for Percona Server and Percona XtraBackup. We are now using Sphinx to generate the documentation that we publish on the web site. Sphinx was originally created for the new Python documentation, and has won us over due to the simple markup, ease of […]

Why you can’t rely on a replica for disaster recovery

A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues and I worked on a data corruption case that reminded me that sometimes people make unsafe assumptions without knowing it. This one involved SAN snapshotting that was unsafe. In a nutshell, the client used SAN block-level replication to maintain a standby/failover MySQL system, and there was […]

XtraDB feature: save / restore buffer pool

We recently released XtraDB-9, and while we did not highlight it in announcement, the release-making feature is ability to save and restore InnoDB buffer pool. The idea is not new and was originally developed by Jeremy Cole (sorry, I do not have the link on hands) some time ago, and now we implemented it in […]

Using MMM to ALTER huge tables

Few months ago, I wrote about a faster way to do certain table modifications online. It works well when all you want is to remove auto_increment or change ENUM values. When it comes to changes that really require table to be rebuilt – adding/dropping columns or indexes, changing data type, converting data to different character […]

Looking for High Performance MySQL Interns

We have yet another opening at MySQL Performance Blog. We’re looking for Intern position (with limited compensation) to work on project of MySQL Performance research and analysis, developing and running benchmarks under our guidance, writing WhitePapers and articles. We feel this would be perfect part time position for the Computer Science student interested in High […]

Should MySQL and Web Server share the same box ?

This is interesting question which I thought it would be good to write about. There are obviously benefits and drawbacks for each of methods. Smaller applications usually start with single server which has both MySQL and Web server on it. In this case it is not usually the question but once application growths larger and […]

Alternatives of PHP ?

When I loaded GigaBytes of XMLs into mysql database with PHP script, I was thinking about PHP alternatives. Why do I need that ? 1. PHP is slow – I’m speaking about area of data processing and implementation of algorithms 2. No good cli debugger – I’m just tired of debugging with ‘echo’ and ‘var_dump’ […]

eWeek tests OpenSource stacks and .NET

Have you seen recent eWeek benchmarks which test OpenSource stacks and compare them to .NET ? Here is what was compared and here are results. Results make me ask number of questions – why WAMP would perform 6 times better than LAMP ? Why Python would be faster than PHP on Windows but slower on […]