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Percona Live Europe Featured Talks: Modern sysbench – Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks with Alexey Kopytov

 | September 21, 2017 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, MySQL, Percona Live

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Percona Live EuropeWelcome to another post in our series of interview blogs for the upcoming Percona Live Europe 2017 in Dublin. This series highlights a number of talks that will be at the conference and gives a short preview of what attendees can expect to learn from the presenter.

This blog post is with Alexey Kopytov, sofware developer and maintainer of sysbench. His talk is Modern sysbench: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks. His presentation present new features provided by recent releases and explain how they can be used to create complex benchmark scenarios and collect performance metrics with a simple Lua API. It will also run a live demo of some of the new sysbench features.

In our conversation, we discussed benchmarking your database environment:

Percona: How did you get into database technology? What do you love about it?

Alexey: It was 2003, and I was working as a software developer for a boring company providing hosted VoIP solutions. I was a big fan of the free and open source software philosophy, which was way less popular back then than it is today. I contributed to a number of open source projects in my free time, but I also had a dream of developing open source software as part of my paid job. This looked completely unrealistic at the time, until I came across a job posting on a Russian IT forum about a Swedish company called MySQL AB looking for software developers to work remotely on MySQL! That sounded like my dream job, so I applied.

I knew very little about database internals at the time, so looking back I was giving terrible answers during my job interviews. Nevertheless, I joined the High Performance Group at MySQL AB after a few months, and that has defined my professional life for many years.

I love database technology because it presents the toughest challenges in software development. Most problems and solutions related to ever-evolving hardware, scalability and data processing requirements are discovered first by people from the database world.

Percona: Your talk is called “Modern sysbench: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks”. What is sysbench used for generally, why is it important and how have you used it in your career? 

Alexey: sysbench was an internal project that I took over as soon as I joined MySQL AB. We used it to troubleshoot customer issues, find performance bottlenecks in MySQL and evaluate new features. Of course it was an open source project, so over the years we’ve got many people from the MySQL community using sysbench for all kinds of performance research like testing new hardware, identifying performance-related issues and comparing MySQL configurations, versions and forks.

Percona: What are some of the important new developments in the latest release?

Alexey: This year sysbench got a major upgrade in terms of features and performance to meet the modern world of many-core CPUs, powerful storage devices and distributed database systems capable of processing millions of transactions per second. Some feature highlights from the latest release include simplified command-line interface, a revamped API which allows creating more complex benchmark scenarios with less code, new performance metrics, customizable reports and more!

Percona: What do you want attendees to take away from your session? Why should they attend?

Alexey: sysbench is quite popular, but most people rarely use it more than a few bundled OLTP-style benchmarks. I’d like to explain its full potential, especially the possibilities provided by the new features. I want people to use it to create their own benchmarks, not necessarily related to MySQL, and hopefully find sysbench useful in areas that I have not even envisioned myself.

Percona: What are you most looking forward to at Percona Live Europe 2017?

Alexey: For me Percona Live conferences have always been the place where I can feel the pulse of the technology and learn from the smartest people in the industry. This is especially true now that Percona Live provides talks on diverse topics from communities and database management technologies other than MySQL. Which makes it an even greater event to share ideas, solutions and expertise.

Want to find out more about Alexey, sysbench and database benchmarking? Register for Percona Live Europe 2017, and see his talk Modern sysbench: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks. Register now to get the best price! Use discount code SeeMeSpeakPLE17 to get 10% off your registration.

Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2017 in Dublin is the premier European open source event for the data performance ecosystem. It is the place to be for the open source community as well as businesses that thrive in the MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, time series database, cloud, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) marketplaces. Attendees include DBAs, sysadmins, developers, architects, CTOs, CEOs, and vendors from around the world.

The Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe will be September 25-27, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.

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