Improved InnoDB I/O Scalability

Because InnoDB is a complex storage engine it must be configured properly in order to perform at its best. Some points are not configurable in standard InnoDB. The goal of this feature is to provide a more exhaustive set of options for XtraDB.

Version Specific Information

  • 5.7.10-1
    • Feature ported from Percona Server 5.6

System Variables

variable innodb_use_global_flush_log_at_trx_commit
Command Line:Yes
Config File:Yes
Default Value:True

This variable enables or disables the effect of the per-session value of the innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit variable.

If the global variable innodb_use_global_flush_log_at_trx_commit is set to 1, the session uses the current global value of innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit. This is the upstream-compatible mode. If the user attempts to change the innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit value for a session, the session value is ignored.

If the global variable innodb_use_global_flush_log_at_trx_commit is set to 0, a user can modify the innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit per-session using the following command:

SET SESSION innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit=0

This modification only affects the transactions in that session. Other sessions, if they have not been individually modified, continue to use the global innodb_use_flush_log_at_trx_commit value.

SET innodb_use_global_flush_log_at_trx_commit=1
variable innodb_flush_method
Version Info:
  • 5.7.10-3 - Ported from Percona Server 5.6
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This is an existing MySQL 5.7 system variable that has a new allowed value ALL_O_DIRECT. It determines the method InnoDB uses to flush its data and log files. (See innodb_flush_method in the MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual).

The following values are allowed:

  • fdatasync: use fsync() to flush data, log, and parallel doublewrite files.
  • O_SYNC: use O_SYNC to open and flush the log and parallel doublewrite files; use fsync() to flush the data files. Do not use fsync() to flush the parallel doublewrite file.
  • O_DIRECT: use O_DIRECT to open the data files and fsync() system call to flush data, log, and parallel doublewrite files.
  • O_DIRECT_NO_FSYNC: use O_DIRECT to open the data files, but don’t use fsync() system call to flush data, log, and parallel doublewrite files.
  • ALL_O_DIRECT: use O_DIRECT to open both data and log files, and use fsync() to flush the data files but not the log or parallel doublewrite files. This option is recommended when InnoDB log files are big (more than 8GB), otherwise there might be even a performance degradation. Note: When using this option on ext4 filesystem variable innodb_log_write_ahead_size should be set to 4096 (default log-block-size in ext4) in order to avoid the unaligned AIO/DIO warnings.

Status Variables

The following information has been added to SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS to confirm the checkpointing activity:

The max checkpoint age
The current checkpoint age target
The current age of the oldest page modification which has not been flushed to disk yet.
The current age of the last checkpoint
Log sequence number 0 1059494372
Log flushed up to   0 1059494372
Last checkpoint at  0 1055251010
Max checkpoint age  162361775
Checkpoint age target 104630090
Modified age        4092465
Checkpoint age      4243362
0 pending log writes, 0 pending chkp writes

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