September 18, 2014

Why ALTER TABLE runs faster on Percona Server 5.5 vs. MySQL 5.5

Some of us Perconians are at OpenStack summit this week in Atlanta. Matt Griffin, our director of product management, tweeted about the turbo-hipster CI talk about their experience of ALTER TABLEs running faster on Percona Server. Oracle’s Morgan Tocker then tweeted in response, asking why this was the case. I decided that the simplest way to […]

How to monitor ALTER TABLE progress in MySQL

While working on a recent support issue as a Percona Support Engineer,  I got one question from a customer asking how to monitor ALTER TABLE progress. Actually, for MySQL 5.5 and prior versions, it’s quite difficult to ALTER the table in a running production environment especially for large tables (with millions records). Because it will rebuild and lock the table […]

Announcing Percona Server for MySQL 5.6.10-60.2

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server for MySQL 5.6.10-60.2 on March 14, 2013.  (Downloads are available here and from the experimental Percona Software Repositories). Based on MySQL 5.6.10, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.10-60.2 is the third ALPHA release in the Percona Server 5.6 series. All of Percona‘s software is open-source and free, all the […]

Announcing Percona Server 5.6.6-60.1 Alpha

Percona is glad to announce the ALPHA release of Percona Server 5.6.6-60.1 on September 14, 2012 (Downloads are available here and from the EXPERIMENTAL Percona Software Repositories, although currently only for RHEL/CentOS as we are working on ensuring compatibility with our Debian/Ubuntu packages). Based on MySQL 5.6.6, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.6-60.1 is the second ALPHA release in […]

Announcing Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.5.27-23.6

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraDB Cluster on September 7th, 2012. Binaries are available from downloads area or from our software repositories. Features: Percona XtraDB Cluster supports tunable buffer size for fast index creation in InnoDB. This value was calculated based on the merge block size (which was hardcoded to 1 […]

Announcing Percona Server 5.5.27-28.0

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.5.27-28.0 on August 23rd, 2012 (Downloads are available here and from the Percona Software Repositories). Based on MySQL 5.5.27, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.5.27-28.0 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 […]

MySQL Upgrade Webinar Questions Followup

I did a Webinar about MySQL Upgrade – Best Practices Yesterday and there were some questions we could not answer during Webinar, following Jay’s Lead I decided to post them as a Blog Post. Q: Can you go directly MySQL 5.0 to 5.5 for MyISAM tables? MyISAM have not been getting any significant development since […]

ALTER TABLE: Creating Index by Sort and Buffer Pool Size

Today I was looking at the ALTER TABLE performance with fast index creation and without it with different buffer pool sizes. Results are pretty interesting. I used modified Sysbench table for these tests because original table as initially created only has index on column K which initially contains only zeros, which means index is very […]

Building Indexes by Sorting In Innodb (AKA Fast Index Creation)

Innodb can indexes built by sort since Innodb Plugin for MySQL 5.1 which is a lot faster than building them through insertion, especially for tables much larger than memory and large uncorrelated indexes you might be looking at 10x difference or more. Yet for some reason Innodb team has chosen to use very small (just […]

Using innodb_sys_tables and innodb_sys_indexes

I was playing with Percona Server today and found fast_index_creation does not work quite exactly like described in the manual. The point I’m looking to make though it would be very hard to catch this problem without additional information_schema tables we added in Percona Server. I was doing simple ALTER TABLE such as: “alter table […]