Last Friday I published results of DBT2 performance while varying the number of idle connections here, but I had compiled MySQL with the debugging code enabled. That completely screw up my results, be aware… debug options have a huge performance impact. So, I recompiled Percona-Server 11.2 without the debug options and did another benchmark run. The result is shown below:
As you can see, the impact is more moderate and far less shocking. The performance loss is approximately of 1% per 1000 of idle connections. Although it is something to keep in mind, there is no big stress with these idle connections.