The InnoDB labs release includes a snapshot of the InnoDB Native Partitioning feature.
To better understand why we implemented this, we need to start with some background on tables, storage engines, and handlers. In MySQL an open instance of a table has a handler object as an interface to the table’s storage engine. For a partitioned table there is a main table handler that implements the partitioning feature, but for storage, each partition has its own handler. This worked fairly well, but the more partitions you had the more overhead from the per partition handlers. So to remove this overhead for partitioned InnoDB tables we’re introducing Native Partitioning support! This means a new InnoDB partitioning aware handler, so that we have a single handler object for a partitioned table and not one handler object per[Read more...]