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Understanding the Performance Characteristics of Partitioned Collections

In TokuMX 1.5 that is right around the corner, the big feature will be partitioned collections. This feature is similar to partitioned tables in Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, and Postgres. A question many have is …


Why TokuMX Changed MongoDB’s Oplog Format for Operations

Over several posts, I’ve explained the differences between TokuMX replication and MongoDB replication, and why they are completely incompatible. In this (belated) post, I explain one last difference: the oplog format for operations. Specifically, TokuMX …


Introducing Partitioned Collections for MongoDB Applications

TokuMX 1.5 is around the corner. The big feature will be something we discussed briefly when talking about replication changes in 1.4: partitioned collections. Before introducing the feature, I wanted to mention the following. Although …


How to find bugs in MySQL

Finding bugs in MySQL is not only fun, it’s also something I have been doing the last four years of my life. Whether you want to become the next Shane Bester (who is generally considered …


Comparing a TokuMX and MongoDB Oplog Entry

As I mentioned in my last post, TokuMX replication is completely incompatible with MongoDB replication. Replica sets (and sharded clusters, but that is for another blog) must be either entirely TokuMX or entirely MongoDB. This …


Notes from the Newb

Notes from the Newb. I’m relatively new to MySQL having come from the world of embedded micro-databases, and though I’m pretty familiar with a number of database systems, I’ve discovered that I have a lot …


How to monitor ALTER TABLE progress in MySQL

While working on a recent support issue as a Percona Support Engineer,  I got one question from a customer asking how to monitor ALTER TABLE progress. Actually, for MySQL 5.5 and prior versions, it’s quite difficult to ALTER the …


What’s new in TokuMX 1.4, Part 3: Optimized updates

We just released version 1.4.0 of TokuMX, our high-performance distribution of MongoDB. There are a lot of improvements in this version (release notes), the most of any release yet. In this series of blog posts, …


TokuMX vs. MongoDB : Sharding Balancer Performance

I have always believed that TokuMX’s Fractal Tree indexes are an ideal fit for MongoDB’s sharding model, especially when it comes time for balancing to occur. At a very high level, balancing is needed when …


The ARCHIVE Storage Engine – does it do what you expect?

Sometimes there is a need for keeping large amounts of old, rarely used data without investing too much on expensive storage. Very often such data doesn’t need to be updated anymore, or the intent is …