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MyISAM Scalability and Innodb, Falcon Benchmarks

 | October 12, 2007 | 

We many times wrote about InnoDB scalability problems, this time We are faced with one for MyISAM tables. We saw that several times in synthetic benchmarks but never in production, that’s why we did not escalate MyISAM scalability question. This time working on the customer system we figured out that box with 1 CPU Core […]

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Merge Tables Gotcha

 | May 9, 2007 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

I had the interesting customer case today which made me to do a bit research on the problem. You can create merge table over MyISAM tables which contain primary key and global uniqueness would not be enforced in this case, this is as far as most people will think about it. In fact however it […]

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Power of MySQL Storage Engines

 | March 5, 2007 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

Where does real power of MySQL Storage Engines, and pluggable storage engines as MySQL 5.1 lays ? It is very much advertised this allows third parties to create their own storage engines and we can see solutions as Solid and PBXT . Plus there is Falcon storage engine being developed inside MySQL. All of these […]

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Beware: key_buffer_size larger than 4G does not work

 | February 14, 2007 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

I was working with customer today which has MySQL on a system with some 64GB or RAM running MyISAM, so they set key_buffer_size to 16G… and every few days MySQL crashes. Why ? Because key_buffer_size over 4GB in size is not really supported (checked with latest and greatest MySQL Enterprise 5.0.34). It works just fine […]

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InnoDB vs MyISAM vs Falcon benchmarks – part 1

 | January 8, 2007 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

Several days ago MySQL AB made new storage engine Falcon available for wide auditory. We cannot miss this event and executed several benchmarks to see how Falcon performs in comparison to InnoDB and MyISAM. The second goal of benchmark was a popular myth that MyISAM is faster than InnoDB in reads, as InnoDB is transactional, […]

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COUNT(*) for Innodb Tables

 | December 1, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

I guess note number one about MyISAM to Innodb migration is warning what Innodb is very slow in COUNT(*) queries. The part which I often however see omitted is fact it only applies to COUNT(*) queries without WHERE clause. So if you have query like SELECT COUNT(*) FROM USER It will be much faster for […]

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Using LVM for MySQL Backup and Replication Setup

 | August 21, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

If someone asks me about MySQL Backup advice my first question would be if they have LVM installed or have some systems with similar features set for other operation systems. Veritas File System can do it for Solaris. Most SAN systems would work as well. What is really needed is ability to create atomic snapshot […]

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