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MySQL File System Fragmentation Benchmarks

 | March 21, 2008 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

Few days ago I wrote about testing writing to many files and seeing how this affects sequential read performance. I was very interested to see how it shows itself with real tables so I’ve got the script and ran tests for MyISAM and Innodb tables on ext3 filesystem. Here is what I found:

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How many people will leave MySQL now ?

 | March 21, 2008 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements

During the recent days we had few announcements of people leaving Sun/MySQL – few days ago I’ve seen announcement by Ronald Bradford and now I see Antony Curtis followed. I know bunch of other guys which are considering to leave or stay. I do not surprising – how much “better” Sun is compared to Microsoft […]

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Big Iron for tests anyone ?

 | March 20, 2008 | 

MySQL Users Conference is coming and with it my presentation about Innodb Scalability limits. We did bunch of tests but we surely could get benefit of some extra hardware for testing, so if you could provide us with dedicated remote access for benchmarks it would be great. Here is what we’re looking for in particular: […]

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MySQL Error Message Nonsenses

 | March 16, 2008 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

What MySQL honestly was never good at is giving good helpful error messages. Start with basics for example – The error message in case of syntax error gives you information about tokens near by but little details:

It would be much better if MySQL would give error give exact position of error (with complex […]

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Sharding and Time Base Partitioning

 | March 14, 2008 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

For large number of online applications once you implemented proper sharding you can consider your scaling problems solved – by getting more and more hardware you can grow. As I recently wrote it however does not mean it is the most optimal way by itself to do things. The “classical” sharding involves partitioning by user_id,site_id […]

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Economics of Performance Optimization

 | March 13, 2008 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

I think every person responsible for Development or Operations of growing application sooner or later have to decide on couple few questions on how to tackle application performance. These questions are: Should we Optimize Application or get more Hardware ? Should we do things ourselves or hire an experts to help us ? The answer […]

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