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White Paper: Flashcache and MySQL on Virident drive

 | September 19, 2011 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Hardware and Storage, MySQL


Our latest MySQL white paper is Improving Percona Server performance with Flashcache on the Virident tachIOn Drive. (Virident funded the research, but as always, we wrote the report ourselves.)

The conclusion is that Flashcache can be good for read-heavy workloads, but more research is needed to understand its performance characteristics on write-heavy workloads. We explain the details of exactly how good and under what circumstances. We also developed some guidelines for sizing and pricing, to serve as advice for those interested in deploying Flashcache as a way of getting some of the benefit of flash without all of the cost, or the size limitations.

Baron Schwartz

Baron is the lead author of High Performance MySQL. He is a former Percona employee.


  • Baron,

    “When we chose the results with the best improvement over RAID storage alone, where the working set is at least
    50% larger than the buffer pool, we found that the improvement over RAID is not as dramatic as the read-only improvement.”

    Can some one explain why the above observation is?

    For example. Given 200GB working data set, 100GB RAM, 400GB Flashcache

    If the 200GB working data set is on 400GB Flashcache, the performace should still be much higher than using RAID alone.

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