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Partitioning, Free Lunches, and Indexing

Why partition? Partitioning is a commonly touted method for achieving performance in MySQL and other databases. (See here, here, here and many other examples.) I started wondering where the performance from partitions comes from, and …

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MySQL Partitioning – can save you or kill you

I wanted for a while to write about using MySQL Partitioning for Performance Optimization and I just got a relevant customer case to illustrate it. First you need to understand how partitions work internally. Partitions …

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New OLAP Wikistat benchmark: Introduction and call for feedbacks

I’ve seen my posts on Ontime Air traffic and Star Schema Benchmark got a lot of interest (links: https://www.percona.com/blog/2010/01/07/star-schema-bechmark-infobright-infinidb-and-luciddb/ https://www.percona.com/blog/2009/10/02/analyzing-air-traffic-performance-with-infobright-and-monetdb/ https://www.percona.com/blog/2009/10/26/air-traffic-queries-in-luciddb/ https://www.percona.com/blog/2009/11/02/air-traffic-queries-in-infinidb-early-alpha/ ). However benchmarks by itself did not cover all cases I would want, …

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Give me 8 hours, and I’ll help you build a better application

I have run into a number of cases recently that all had a similar look and feel. In most of these cases, the symptoms were very complicated, but they boiled down to just a few …

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Should you move from MyISAM to Innodb ?

There is significant portion of customers which are still using MyISAM when they come to us, so one of the big questions is when it is feasible to move to Innodb and when staying on …

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High-Performance Click Analysis with MySQL

We have a lot of customers who do click analysis, site analytics, search engine marketing, online advertising, user behavior analysis, and many similar types of work.  The first thing these have in common is that …

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Updated msl (microslow) patch, installation walk-through!

For a couple of months there have been no updates to our msl patch, however recently I managed some time to change this. The functionality was extended a little bit and what’s even more important …

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The tool I’ve been waiting for years

I’ve just been pointed to the nice tool which I was waiting for years to see. It is fincore – little perl script which allows you to see what pages of file are cached in …

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MVCC: Transaction IDs, Log Sequence numbers and Snapshots

MySQL Storage Engines implementing Multi Version Concurrency Control have several internal identifiers related to MVCC. I see a lot of people being confused what they are and why they are needed so I decided to …

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Choosing innodb_buffer_pool_size

My last post about Innodb Performance Optimization got a lot of comments choosing proper innodb_buffer_pool_size and indeed I oversimplified things a bit too much, so let me write a bit better description. Innodb Buffer Pool …

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