October 1, 2014

Percona Toolkit 2.2.5 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Toolkit 2.2.5 on October 17th, 2013 (Downloads are available here and from the Percona Software Repositories). This release is the current GA (Generally Available) stable release in the 2.2 series. New Features: Query_time histogram has been added to the pt-query-digest JSON output, not the actual chart but the values necessary […]

Percona Server 5.1.54-12.5

Percona Server version 5.1.54-12.5 is now available for download. It is now the current stable release version. Functionality Added or Changed Percona Server 5.1.54-12.5 is based on MySQL 5.1.54. New Features Added: None Other Changes: Added system variable innodb_log_block_size and new value “keep_average” to system variable adaptive_checkpoint in Improved InnoDB I/O Scalability. (Yasufumi Kinoshita) Added new value […]

MySQL 101: Monitor Disk I/O with pt-diskstats

Here on the Percona Support team we often ask customers to retrieve disk stats to monitor disk IO and to measure block devices iops and latency. There are a number of tools available to monitor IO on Linux. iostat is one of the popular tools and Percona Toolkit, which is free, contains the pt-diskstats tool […]

mysqld_multi: How to run multiple instances of MySQL

The need to have multiple instances of MySQL (the well-known mysqld process) running in the same server concurrently in a transparent way, instead of having them executed in separate containers/virtual machines, is not very common. Yet from time to time the Percona Support team receives a request from a customer to assist in the configuration of […]

Why %util number from iostat is meaningless for MySQL capacity planning

Earlier this month I wrote about vmstat iowait cpu numbers and some of the comments I got were advertising the use of util% as reported by the iostat tool instead. I find this number even more useless for MySQL performance tuning and capacity planning. Now let me start by saying this is a really tricky and deceptive number. Many […]

Using UDFs for geo-distance search in MySQL

In my previous post about geo-spatial search in MySQL I described (along with other things) how to use geo-distance functions. In this post I will describe the geo-spatial distance functions in more details. If you need to calculate an exact distance between 2 points on Earth in MySQL (very common for geo-enabled applications) you have at […]

Using Percona Server 5.6 with the Docker open-source engine

There are a couple of posts about setting up Percona XtraDB Cluster on Vagrant and Percona Server on MySQL Sandbox – those are two of the top tools used by the Percona Support team for testing and bug processing among other things. In this post, however, I will show you how to use Docker with […]

A conversation with 5 Facebook MySQL gurus

Facebook, the undisputed king of online social networks, has 1.23 billion monthly active users collectively contributing to an ocean of data-intensive tasks – making the company one of the world’s top MySQL users. A small army of Facebook MySQL experts will be converging on Santa Clara, Calif. next week where several of them are leading […]

Percona XtraDB Cluster performance monitoring and troubleshooting: Webinar

Next Wednesday, Severalnines CTO Johan Andersson and I will co-present a webinar about ClusterControl, a cluster management tool created by Severalnines that can monitor Percona XtraDB Cluster. It provides DBAs with the right metrics to manage and optimize applications during development and production. In the webinar, titled “Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting of Percona XtraDB Cluster,” we […]

Upcoming Webinar: What’s new in Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6

I’ve been blogging a lot about some of the new things you can expect with Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 and Galera 3.x – and GA is coming soon. To get prepared, I’ll be giving a webinar on February 5th at 1PM EST/10AM PST to talk about some of the big new features, upgrading strategies, as well as […]