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Goal driven performance optimization

 | December 22, 2008 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

When your goal is to optimize application performance it is very important to understand what goal do you really have. If you do not have a good understanding of the goal your performance optimization effort may well still bring its results but you may waste a lot of time before you reach same results as […]

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How Percona does a MySQL Performance Audit

 | November 24, 2008 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

Our customers or prospective customers often ask us how we do a performance audit (it’s our most popular service). I thought I should write a blog post that will both answer their question, so I can just reply “read all about it at this URL” and share our methodology with readers a little bit. This […]

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Adaptive checkpointing

 | November 13, 2008 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Percona Software

Do you know that there are two limits about dirty (modified but not flushed to disk) blocks of InnoDB buffer pool? One is the limit of “amount”. The other is the limit of “age”. — limit of “amount” — As you know, buffer pool of InnoDB works as write-back cache of its datafiles. If the […]

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JOIN Performance & Charsets

 | October 21, 2008 | 

We have written before about the importance of using numeric types as keys, but maybe you’ve inherited a schema that you can’t change or have chosen string types as keys for a specific reason. Either way, the character sets used on joined columns can have a significant impact on the performance of your queries. Take […]

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A common problem when optimizing COUNT()

 | September 20, 2008 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

When optimizing queries for customers, the first thing I do with a slow query is figure out what it’s trying to do. You can’t fully optimize a query unless you know how to consider alternative ways to write it, and you can’t do that unless you know what the query “means.” I frequently run into […]

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