Benchmarks

Creating Custom Sysbench Scripts

sysbench-lua for benchmark tooling

Sysbench has long been established as the de facto standard when it comes to benchmarking MySQL performance. Percona relies on it daily, and even Oracle uses it when blogging about new features in MySQL 8. Sysbench comes with several pre-defined benchmarking tests. These tests are written in an easy-to-understand scripting language called Lua. Some […]

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Settling the Myth of Transparent HugePages for Databases

The concept of Linux HugePages has existed for quite a while: for more than 10 years, introduced to Debian in 2007 with kernel version 2.6.23. Whilst a smaller page size is useful for general use, some memory intensive applications may gain performance by using bigger memory pages. By having bigger memory chunks available to […]

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MySQL Challenge: 100k Connections

thread pools MySQL 100k connections

In this post, I want to explore a way to establish 100,000 connections to MySQL. Not just idle connections, but executing queries.
100,000 connections. Is that really needed for MySQL, you may ask? Although it may seem excessive, I have seen a lot of different setups in customer deployments. Some deploy an application connection pool, […]

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Measuring Percona Server for MySQL On-Disk Decryption Overhead

benchmark heavy IO percona server for mysql 8 encryption

Percona Server for MySQL 8.0 comes with enterprise grade total data encryption features. However, there is always the question of how much overhead – or performance penalty – comes with the data decryption. As we saw in my networking performance post, SSL under high concurrency might be problematic. Is this the case for data […]

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