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How much memory Innodb locks really take ?

 | July 13, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

After playing yesterday a bit with INSERT … SELECT I decided to check is Innodb locks are relly as efficient in terms of low resource usage as they are advertised. Lets start with a bit of background – in Innodb row level locks are implemented by having special lock table, located in the buffer pool […]

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INSERT INTO … SELECT Performance with Innodb tables.

 | July 12, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

Everyone using Innodb tables probably got use to the fact Innodb tables perform non locking reads, meaning unless you use some modifiers such as LOCK IN SHARE MODE or FOR UPDATE, SELECT statements will not lock any rows while running. This is generally correct, however there a notable exception – INSERT INTO table1 SELECT * […]

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Thoughts on MySQL Replication

 | July 7, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

Brian Aker recently published good write up about using MySQL replication. The piece I find missing however is good description of warning about limits of this approach as well as things you need to watch out for. You can call me person with negative mind but I tend to think about limits as well. So […]

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Choosing proper innodb_log_file_size

 | July 3, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

If you’re doing significant amount of writes to Innodb tables decent size of innodb_log_file_size is important for MySQL Performance. However setting it too large will increase recovery time, so in case of MySQL crash or power failure it may take long time before MySQL Server is operational again. So how to find the optimal combination […]

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How reliable RAID really is

 | June 30, 2006 |  Posted In: Hardware and Storage

This post is not exactly about MySQL Performance or about Performance at all, but I guess it should be interested to many MySQL DBAs and other people involved running MySQL In production. Recently I’ve been involved in troubleshooting Dell Poweredge 2850 system running RAID5 using 6GB internal hard drives, which give about 1.4TB of usable […]

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What MySQL buffer cache hit rate should you target

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

“What cache hit rate is good for optimal MySQL Performance” is typical question I’m asked. It could by MyISAM key_buffer or Innodb innodb_buffer_pool it does not really matter. In both cases trying to come up with constant “good” hit rate is looking for trouble. Well of course you can name 100% hit rate and all […]

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Handling big result sets

 | June 26, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

Sometime it is needed to handle a lot of rows on client side. Usual way is send query via mysql_query and than handle the result in loop mysql_fetch_array (here I use PHP functions but they are common or similar for all APIs, including C). Consider table:

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Full text search for all MySQL Storage Engines

 | June 26, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

As we know build in full text search is currently limited only to MyISAM search engine as well as has few other limits. Today Sphinx Search plugin for MySQL was released which now provides fast and easy to use full text search solution for all storage engines. This version also adds a lot of other […]

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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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