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Online Advertiser Intent Media Selects TokuDB over InnoDB and NoSQL for Big Data Ad-Hoc Analysis

Intent Media Issue addressed: Ad hoc analytics on clickstream data arriving too fast for InnoDB or NoSQL to handle. TokuDB powers an online advertising application The Company: Headquartered in New York, Intent Media is a …


Illustrating Primary Key models in InnoDB and their impact on disk usage

On a recent engagement I worked with a customer who makes extensive use of UUID() values for their Primary Key and stores it as char(36), and their row count on this example table has grown to …


InnoDB’s multi-versioning handling can be Achilles’ heel

I believe InnoDB storage engine architecture is great for a lot of online workloads, however, there are no silver bullets in technology and all design choices have their trade offs. In this blog post I’m …


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, …


The Depth of a B-tree

Schlomi Noach recently wrote a useful primer on the depth of B-trees and how that plays out for point queries — in both clustered indexes, like InnoDB, and in unclustered indexes, like MyISAM. Here, I’d …


Beware of MySQL Data Truncation

Here is nice gotcha which I’ve seen many times and which can cause just a minefield for many reasons. Lets say you had a system storing articles and you use article_id as unsigned int. As …


How much memory Innodb locks really take ?

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 …


Using MyISAM in production

There were recently number of posts about MyISAM, for example Arjen wrote pretty nice article about MyISAM features so I thought I would share my own view on using MyISAM in production. For me it …


Why MySQL could be slow with large tables ?

If you’ve been reading enough database related forums, mailing lists or blogs you probably heard complains about MySQL being unable to handle more than 1.000.000 (or select any other number) rows by some of the …