September 2, 2014

Site was down today, support and web hosting.

During last one and a half year we had pretty good track record with MySQL Performance Blog – there were times when site was slow (especially when backup was running) but I do not remember significant downtime, until today we went down for few hours. All this time the site was running on dedicated server […]

Working on “High Performance MySQL, Second Edition”, how you can help?

As you may already have seen announcement by Baron we’re working on major rewrite of High Performance MySQL book – the most famous book about MySQL Performance on the market… which is getting old though. We’ve been slowly working on the book for over half a year now and were later joined by Arjen Lentz […]

Guess what?! Microsecond slow query timing finally available in MySQL!

Vadim asked me yesterday to update Microslow patch for 5.1.21, because the previous one I wrote for 5.1.20 failed to apply correctly on the new MySQL release. Imagine the expression on my face after I unpacked the sources and found out that MySQL incorporated the patch to their release. So it’s a built-in feature now […]

To SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS or not to SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS?

When we optimize clients’ SQL queries I pretty often see a queries with SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS option used. Many people think, that it is faster to use this option than run two separate queries: one – to get a result set, another – to count total number of rows. In this post I’ll try to check, is […]

Do you always need index on WHERE column ?

I believe we wrote about this before, but this topic popups again and again. Today I’ve read opinion that if we have clause WHERE has_something=1 we should have index on column has_something (the column has two values 0 and 1). In reality the right answer is not so simple.

Redundant index is not always bad

About year ago Peter wrote about redundant indexes and mentioned sometimes it is good to leave two indexes, even one is first part of another. I’m speaking about BTREE indexes, for example, KEY (A), and KEY (A,B). From SQL point of view KEY(A) is not needed, as for queries like WHERE A=5 the index (A,B) […]

Memory allocation in Stored Function

UPDATE : Post is not actual anymore Not so long time ago I had task to update string column in table with 10mil+ rows, and, as the manipulation was non-trivial, I decided this task is good to try Stored Function. Function written – go ahead. Since 5 min I got totally frozen box with no […]

How fast can you sort data with MySQL ?

I took the same table as I used for MySQL Group by Performance Tests to see how much MySQL can sort 1.000.000 rows, or rather return top 10 rows from sorted result set which is the most typical way sorting is used in practice. I tested full table scan of the table completes in 0.22 […]

Should MySQL Extend GROUP BY Syntax ?

Jan has a good article about finding the row matching some value in the group: This is one illustration of group by limitations in SQL language which is not offset by any MySQL specific extensions,yet As you can see if you want to get one row from the group which is sorted some way you […]

How much overhead is caused by on disk temporary tables

As you might know while running GROUP BY and some other kinds of queries MySQL needs to create temporary tables, which can be created in memory, using MEMORY storage engine or can be created on disk as MYISAM tables. Which one will be used depends on the allowed tmp_table_size and also by the data which […]