Percona at WebConf Riga 2010

My colleague Aleksandr Kuzminsky will be speaking at WebConf Riga 2010 next month on XtraBackup: Hot Backups and More and Recovery of Lost or Corrupted InnoDB Tables. WebConf is the first big conference of its kind in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and we are very happy to be participating. In addition to Aleksandr’s […]

Sharing an auto_increment value across multiple MySQL tables

The title is SEO bait – you can’t do it. We’ve seen a few recurring patterns trying to achieve similar – and I thought I would share with you my favorite two: Option #1: Use a table to insert into, and grab the insert_id:

Option #2: Use a table with one just row:

Instrumentation and the cost of Foreign Keys

I occasionally get in to light arguments healthy discussions with students about whether or not to use Foreign Key constraints on InnoDB tables.  My standard response has always been: “it depends on how much of a tradeoff you are willing to make for performance. In some situations the cost can be considerable”. .. that’s when […]

Percona talks at OpenSQL Camp this weekend

Four Perconians (perconites?) will be at OpenSQL Camp in Sankt Augustin, Germany this weekend presenting talks on: Recovery of Lost or Corrupted InnoDB Tables Keep your MySQL backend online no matter what XtraDB — InnoDB on steroids Xtrabackup for MySQL If you would like to stop by and say hello, we are Aleksandr, Istvan, Morgan […]

Why message queues and offline processing are so important

If you read Percona’s whitepaper on Goal-Driven Performance Optimization, you will notice that we define performance using the combination of three separate terms. You really want to read the paper, but let me summarize it here: Response Time – This is the time required to complete a desired task. Throughput – Throughput is measured in […]

Caching could be the last thing you want to do

I recently had a run-in with a very popular PHP ecommerce package which makes me want to voice a recurring mistake I see in how many web applications are architected. What is that mistake? The ecommerce package I was working with depended on caching.  Out of the box it couldn’t serve 10 pages/second unless I […]