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How reliable RAID really is

 | June 30, 2006 |  Posted In: Hardware and Storage

This post is not exactly about MySQL Performance or about Performance at all, but I guess it should be interested to many MySQL DBAs and other people involved running MySQL In production. Recently I’ve been involved in troubleshooting Dell Poweredge 2850 system running RAID5 using 6GB internal hard drives, which give about 1.4TB of usable […]

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What MySQL buffer cache hit rate should you target

 | June 29, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

“What cache hit rate is good for optimal MySQL Performance” is typical question I’m asked. It could by MyISAM key_buffer or Innodb innodb_buffer_pool it does not really matter. In both cases trying to come up with constant “good” hit rate is looking for trouble. Well of course you can name 100% hit rate and all […]

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Handling big result sets

 | June 26, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

Sometime it is needed to handle a lot of rows on client side. Usual way is send query via mysql_query and than handle the result in loop mysql_fetch_array (here I use PHP functions but they are common or similar for all APIs, including C). Consider table:

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Full text search for all MySQL Storage Engines

 | June 26, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

As we know build in full text search is currently limited only to MyISAM search engine as well as has few other limits. Today Sphinx Search plugin for MySQL was released which now provides fast and easy to use full text search solution for all storage engines. This version also adds a lot of other […]

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MySQL Sizing questions

 | June 23, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Insight for DBAs

I frequently get questions along the lines of “how many transactions per second MySQL can do” or “how many servers I need to handle 100.000 users” or “which hardware would be enough to handle my 40GB” database. There are two things which are very interesting about these questions which make them funny and annoying at […]

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Using MyISAM in production

 | June 17, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

There were recently number of posts about MyISAM, for example Arjen wrote pretty nice article about MyISAM features so I thought I would share my own view on using MyISAM in production. For me it is not only about table locks. Table locks is only one of MyISAM limitations you need to consider using it […]

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FreeBSD tests

 | June 15, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

I’m continuing my experiments with different OS and today I tested FreeBSD 6.0 on my box. (more details about box and benchmark see here https://www.percona.com/blog/2006/06/13/quick-look-at-ubuntu-606/). Initially I was very pessimistic about FreeBSD, as results were (in transactions/sec, more is better. for comparison the results from Suse 10.0): InnoDB threads FreeBSD 6 Suse 10.0 Suse/ FreeBSD […]

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MyISAM concurrent insert

 | June 13, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Insight for DBAs

Arjen posted a good note about MyISAM concurrent-insert features, though I should mention concurrent-insert can be cause of scalablity and peformance problems on SMP boxes, especially on queries processing range-queries. The reason of problems is POSIX read-write locks, which are used to protect key_buffer from concurrent changes and called for each processed row. More info […]

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Quick look at Ubuntu 6.06

 | June 13, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

There are a lot of talks around new coming Ubuntu 6.06, so I decided to make quick benchmarks. I used sysbench 0.4.6 oltp-read-only workload with 1000000 rows against InnoDB and MyISAM tables. Such workload is CPU-bound and allows to compare CPU / OS if we are using the same version of MySQL. So I used […]

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Why MySQL could be slow with large tables ?

 | June 9, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

If you’ve been reading enough database related forums, mailing lists or blogs you probably heard complains about MySQL being unable to handle more than 1.000.000 (or select any other number) rows by some of the users. On other hand it is well known with customers like Google, Yahoo, LiveJournal,Technocarati MySQL has installations with many billions […]

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