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Lightning talks at Percona Live Data Performance Conference

The main schedule for the Percona Live Data Performance Conference is available. Almost everything has been defined. There are tutorials and plenty of sessions waiting for conference attendees.

One thing that is still undefined is the session of lightning talks. The …

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Percona Live Data Performance Conference 2016 - CFP and Community voting

The call for participation for Percona Live Data Performance Conference 2016 is still open. Deadline for submission is November 29th.

There are two immediately noticeable novelties in this edition:

  • The name change. Not "MySQL & Expo" but "Data Performance Conference." It makes the conference open to a broader set of topics.
  • The community voting. Proposals can get evaluated by the community before the review committee takes decisions.

I think it's a good choice. Other conferences adopt the same method. The attendees choose what they want to see and hear. In this case, it's mixed method, where the community voting is used as an indication for the review committee, which, by my understanding, has the final say.

Vote for my proposals!

Below are my proposals. Clicking on the links below …

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Advanced MySQL Server Auditing

We remember when we first started auditing MySQL servers, there were very few tools available.  In one of our early big gigs, we were battling serious performance issues for a client.  At the time, was about the only tool available that could be used to diagnose performance bottlenecks.  Fortunately, with a lot of manual interpolation of the raw data it presented, we were able to find the issue with the server and suggest how to resolve them.  For that we are very thankful.  It was a first step in analyzing MySQL status variables, minimizing the number of formulas to learn and calculate by hand.  Obviously doing it by hand takes forever!

Now fast-forward to today.  Unfortunately, not much has changed.  Many DBAs and developers are still using open source tools such as tuning-primer,, mysqlreport, and so on.  Don’t get the wrong; those tools have …

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Remove a Galera (Percona Cluster) Node During Backup

With Galera (Percona Cluster or MariaDB Cluster), it is sometimes advisable to not route traffic to a node during a backup due to the node already being under a heavier load.  In these situations, it may be wise to not route traffic there until the backup is complete.

Since the default /usr/bin/clustercheck script did not have the option of doing this, we created a modified version.  The below script looks for the presence of the xtrabackup tool running in the process list.  If it is found, the clustercheck script returns the appropriate exit code (502) which signals the load balancer to not route traffic its way.  The script could easily be modified to look for the presence of programs/tools in the process list.

We hope others will find it useful.

# Script to make a proxy (ie HAProxy) capable of monitoring Percona XtraDB Cluster nodes properly
# Modified by Itchy …
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Personal Summary of the Percona Live Amsterdam 2015 Conference

Last week, 21-23 September, it took place the European MySQL Conference, or “Data performance Conference” as this year’s subtitle was “MySQL. NoSQL. Data in the cloud.”. This year, it changed its location from London to Amsterdam and, as most people I talked to agreed, the change was for good. As every year, Percona was the company organizing it, but it had the participation of all the major players in the open source MySQL/MongoDB/Cloud data world. Special mention goes to, which had more …

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My Guidebook for Percona Live Amsterdam, 2015 - Part II

I see on Facebook that many of my friends are already on their way to Amsterdam for Percona Live Amsterdam 2015 that starts on Monday. As I explained, I am not going there, but I'd like to share my ideas on what presentations are worth attending.

So, the program for the last day, September 23, also looks really interesting and I'd have real problems on where to go for most of the slots. As usual, I'd try to listen to all keynotes, but I am especially interested in …

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VividCortex Agent Benchmark


The purpose of this project was to measure the potential overhead of VividCortex Agent, which is used by database monitoring system. This benchmark is part of a consulting engagement with VividCortex and paid by the customer.

The assumption is that VividCortex agent uses CPU processing time, and we should see an impact on user queries when the workload is CPU-intensive (how much is to be measured). The impact on IO-bound should be small or insignificant.

Workload Description
For this, we use LinkBenchX benchmark in a combination of different options.


There are 3 different workloads we want to look into:

  • CPU bound. …
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My Guidebook for Percona Live Amsterdam, 2015 - Part I

Unfortunately I am not going to Percona Live Amsterdam 2015 that starts next week. Somebody has to work and keep those customers happy who prefer to work as usual even during such a festival.

I am still asking myself: if I'd be able to go there, what tutorials and sessions I'd like to attend (besides those I'd present)? "All of them" is not a correct answer, as often great and useful sessions happens at the same time in different places. So, I decided to create a list of sessions for myself (as a reminder to check slides at least after they are published), and I'd like to share it.

I tried to pick up one session …

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MySQL Health Check Script

Ever get called out for a MySQL issue only to realize that there was no issue?  It was a false alarm from the monitor.  We sure have and it’s frustrating, especially at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning!

Many DBAs work in an environment where there is some sort of first level support that gets assigned tickets first.  Unfortunately, many of the times these groups are, shall we say, less than skilled in MySQL.  As a result, they quickly escalate the ticket onto the primary on-call DBA, even when there is really nothing wrong.

Much of the time, there are multiple types of MySQL topology in these environments: standalone, galera cluster, replication, etc.  Writing large runbooks with detailed test cases can be a daunting process and one that will cause many first-level support engineers to give up and simply escalate the issue anyway.

In an effort to avoid undue call outs, we developed a simple bash …

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Standardized MySQL Configuration File For Standalone, Replication, & Clustering

In order to simplify the configuration of MySQL for standalone nodes, clusters, and replication configurations, we decided it would be easiest to maintain a common my.cnf file.  We have to admit, the idea wasn’t ours; we picked the idea up from and thought it was such a great idea, we decided to implement it as well.

Below is our version of a standardized my.cnf implementing several of our best practices.  We hope it will be of benefit to you.

# my.cnf (Configuration file for MySQL)
# Provided by Itchy Ninja Software to implement general best practices for MySQL regardless of server 
# type.  We chose a single file instead of maintaining multiple versions of the configuration file.
# Based upon 
# Sections are included for Percona XTRADB Cluster …
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