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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Why “insert … on duplicate key update” May Be Slow, by Incurring Disk Seeks

In my post on June 18th, I explained why the semantics of normal ad-hoc insertions with a primary key are expensive because they require disk seeks on large data sets. I previously explained why it …

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SLC vs MLC

(cross posting from SSDPeformanceBlog.com ) All modern solid state drives use NAND memory based on SLC (single level cell) or MLC (multi level cell) technologies. Not going into physical details – SLC basically stores 1 …

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Scaling: Consider both Size and Load

So lets imagine you have the server handling 100.000 user accounts. You can see the CPU,IO and Network usage is below 10% of capacity – does it mean you can count on server being able …

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Percona at OSCON 2010

This year we’re participating in OSCON as a Sponsor and organizing some BOFs. I will be on the conference 21 and 22 if you’re interested to chat. Here is the list of currently scheduled BOFs …

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Intro to OLAP

This is the first of a series of posts about business intelligence tools, particularly OLAP (or online analytical processing) tools using MySQL and other free open source software. OLAP tools are a part of the …

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High availability for MySQL on Amazon EC2 – Part 3 – Configuring the HA resources

This post is the third of a series that started here. From the previous of this series, we now have two working EC2 instances that are EBS based. The first instance is the monitor, usually …

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Query Response time histogram – new feature in Percona Server

Recently we had couple posts dedicated to performance monitoring, i.e. Color code your performance numbers, Performance Optimization and Six Sigma, so you may understand we consider stability of performance numbers as one of important area …

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Making “Insert Ignore” Fast, by Avoiding Disk Seeks

In my post from three weeks ago, I explained why the semantics of normal ad-hoc insertions with a primary key are expensive because they require disk seeks on large data sets. Towards the end of …

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mk-query-digest, query comments and the query cache

I very much like the fact that MySQL allows you to embed comments into SQL statements. These comments are extremely convenient, because they are written into MySQL log files as part of the query. This …

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How is join_buffer_size allocated?

When examining MySQL configuration, we quite often want to know how various buffer sizes are used. This matters because some buffers (sort_buffer_size for example) are allocated to their full size immediately as soon as they …

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