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MySQL Sizing questions

 | June 23, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Insight for DBAs

I frequently get questions along the lines of “how many transactions per second MySQL can do” or “how many servers I need to handle 100.000 users” or “which hardware would be enough to handle my 40GB” database. There are two things which are very interesting about these questions which make them funny and annoying at […]

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Using MyISAM in production

 | June 17, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

There were recently number of posts about MyISAM, for example Arjen wrote pretty nice article about MyISAM features so I thought I would share my own view on using MyISAM in production. For me it is not only about table locks. Table locks is only one of MyISAM limitations you need to consider using it […]

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Why MySQL could be slow with large tables ?

 | June 9, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

If you’ve been reading enough database related forums, mailing lists or blogs you probably heard complains about MySQL being unable to handle more than 1.000.000 (or select any other number) rows by some of the users. On other hand it is well known with customers like Google, Yahoo, LiveJournal,Technocarati MySQL has installations with many billions […]

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Intel Woodcrest vs AMD Opteron for MySQL

 | June 8, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

AnandTech published Intel Woodcrest preview benchmarks which have some numbers for MySQL as well. From these numbers performance looks great and it looks like finally Intel has something to respond to AMD Opterons on Server market. Now competition heats up and we’ll see what AMD will have to respond. As Opteron did not have serious […]

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Are larger buffers always better ?

 | June 6, 2006 | 

Sometimes I see people thinking about buffers as “larger is always better” so if “large” MySQL sample configuration is designed for 2GB and they happen to have 16, they would simply multiply all/most values by 10 and hope it will work well. Obviously it does not. The least problem would be wasting memory, allocating a […]

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Join performance of MyISAM and Innodb

 | May 29, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

We had discussion today which involved benchmarks of Join speed for MyISAM and Innodb storage engines for CPU bound workload, this is when data size is small enough to fit in memory and so buffer pool. I tested very simple table, having with about 20.000 rows in it on 32bit Linux. The columns “id” “i” […]

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 | May 29, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

MySQL INSERT ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE is very powerful but often forgotten MySQL feature. It was introduced in MySQL 4.1 but I still constantly see people unaware of it. Myself I like this feature big deal because it is designed in truly MySQL style – very efficient solution for frequent task while keeping it beautiful […]

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MySQL SpecJAppServer2004 results

 | May 27, 2006 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

Sun has now published SpecJAppServer2004 benchmark results with MySQL. The results are pretty good as we can see and it is also good to know some room for tuning remains so we can hope getting even better results this time. Jenny Chen published good MySQL Tuning writeup so I would not repeat it. It was […]

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Jeremy Cole on MySQL Replication

 | May 27, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

Jeremy Cole recently posted very nice post about MySQL Replication Performance. There are however few points I should comment on. Jeremy Speaks about MyISAM and Innodb in the same terms, in fact they are quite different for Replication. As you probably know MyISAM uses buffered IO so if master crashes you’re out of sync anyway […]

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