Our patches for 5.0 have attracted significant interest.Â You can read about SecondLife’s experience here, as well as what Flickr had to say on their blog.Â The main improvements come in both performance gains and improvements to diagnostics (such as the improvements to the slow log output, and INDEX_STATISTICS).
Despite having many requests to port these patches to 5.1, we simply haven’t had the bandwidth as our main focus has been on developing XtraDB and XtraBackup.Â Thankfully a customer (who prefers to stay unnamed) as stood up and sponsored the work to move the patches to 5.1.
To refresh, the most interesting patches are:
- Performance patches for InnoDB Â®. Although many patches are present in XtraDB / InnoDB-plugin, the RC status of plugin does not allow to install it on product for some customer’s policies.
Important fixes are:
- Diagnostic patches.
- Different patches to help with day to day usage of MySQL Â®
Two new features which not available for 5.0:
- In slow.log for Stored Procedure call you can see profiling for each individial query from this procedure, not just
- With userstat you can get additional THREADS_STATISTICS which show similar information to USER/CLIENT_STATISTICS but per THREAD granularity (it’s useful if you have connection pool)
On this stage the patches are available only in source code, you
can get them from Launchpad https://code.launchpad.net/~percona-dev/percona-patches/5.1.43.Â Binaries are also on the way, and will be ready soon. We are running intensive stress testing loads on them to provide stable and quality packages.
And to finalize are results for tpce-like benchmark, where I compare MySQL-5.1.43 vs percona-5.1.43.
The results made for TPCE configuration with 2000 customers and 300 tradedays and 16 concurrent users on our R900 server. The dataset is about 25GB, fully fitting into buffer_pool, so disk does not really matter, but data was stored on FusionIO 320GB MLC card.
On chart with results I show amount of TradeResults transactions per 10 sec during 3600 session (more is better)
As you see with percona patches you can get just about 10x improvement.
Yeah, that sounds too cool, but let me explain where difference comes from.
As I mentioned in tpce workload details the load is very SELECT intensive and these SELECTS are mainly scans by secondary keys ( not Primary Keys), so it hits problems in InnoDB rw-lock implementations and in buffer_pool mutex contention, which alredy fixed in percona-patches ( and in XtraDB and InnoDB-plugin also).
So you are welcome to try it!