Percona Server 5.5.17-22.1 released

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.5.17-22.1 on November 19th, 2011 (Downloads are available here and from the Percona Software Repositories). Based on MySQL 5.5.17, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.5.17-22.1 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 […]

Eventual Consistency in MySQL

We’re told that foreign key constraints are the best way to enforce logical referential integrity (RI) in SQL, preventing rows from becoming orphaned.  But then we learn that the enforcement of foreign keys incurs a significant performance overhead.1,2 MySQL allows us to set FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS=0 to disable enforcement of RI when the overhead is too high.  But […]

Stewart speaking at OSDC 2011

I’ve just arrived at ANU in Canberra for the Open Source Developers Conference 2011 (OSDC). I’ve spoken at several of the past OSDCs that have been held around Australia: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and now 2011. It’s one of those conferences with great energy and great people that’s organised by dedicated members in the community […]

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 […]

Review of Virident FlashMAX MLC cards

I have been following Virident for a long time (e.g. http://www.percona.com/blog/2010/06/15/virident-tachion-new-player-on-flash-pci-e-cards-market/). They have great PCIe Flash cards based on SLC NAND. I always thought that Virident needed to come up with an MLC card, and I am happy to see they have finally done so. At Virident’s request, I performed an evaluation of their MLC […]