Understanding Performance Optimization Terminology

There are few terms you need to have a good understanding if you’re working with high volume systems. I commonly see these mixed and people not understanding the difference between them. Performance – The performance comes down to performing up to users expectations (or expectations of your boss) which drills down to two important metrics […]


When I visit customers quite often they tell me about number of creative techniques they heard on the conferences, read on the blogs, forums and Internet articles and they ask me if they should use them. My advice is frequently – do not. It is fun to be creative but creative solutions also means unproven […]

Percona XtraBackup: Open Source Alternative for InnoDB Hot Backup call for ideas

For long time as main backup solution for MySQL on Linux we have been using LVM snapshots. Performance concerns from performance critical envinronment caused us to do LVM performance research which showed horrible results forcing us to look at more performing alternatives. Innodb Hot Backup is a good working solution but it is not Open […]

Beware of MySQL Data Truncation

Here is nice gotcha which I’ve seen many times and which can cause just a minefield for many reasons. Lets say you had a system storing articles and you use article_id as unsigned int. As the time goes and you see you may get over 4 billions of articles you change the type for article_id […]

XtraDB storage engine release 1.0.2-2 (New Year edition)

Today we announce release 1.0.2-2 of our XtraDB storage engine. Here is a list of enhancements: split-buffer_pool_mutex The patch splits global InnoDB buffer_pool mutex into several and eliminates waitings on flush IO and mutex when there is no enough free buffers. It helps if you have performance drops when data does not fit in memory. […]

Announcing Percona XtraDB Storage Engine: a Drop-in Replacement for Standard InnoDB

Today we officially announce our new storage engine, “Percona XtraDB“, which is based on the InnoDB storage engine. It’s 100% backwards-compatible with standard InnoDB, so you can use it as a drop-in replacement in your current environment. It is designed to scale better on modern hardware, and includes a variety of other features useful in […]

SHOW OPEN TABLES – what is in your table cache

One command, which few people realize exists is SHOW OPEN TABLES – it allows you to examine what tables do you have open right now: