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My swap space on an SSD?
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I had an interesting discussion with 2 colleagues about the possible interest of putting the swap space of a system on a SSD.

If I consider the gain in latency that an SSD brings versus a capacity disk - in the region of 100x - the solution seems obvious. Swapping - or more precisely paging - must be much faster/ with an SSD. Since RAM is expensive versus SSD, I could even be tempted to design a system with a small amount of RAM and a large amount of swap space on SSDs. In other words, I can ask myself if trying to prevent my system to page is still a good fight?

Let's try to shed some light on these questions.

Paging takes place when my system runs out of RAM because more processes are created or because existing processes requires more memory (check this


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My swap space on an SSD?
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I had an interesting discussion with 2 colleagues about the possible interest of putting the swap space of a system on a SSD.

If I consider the gain in latency that an SSD brings versus a capacity disk - in the region of 100x - the solution seems obvious. Swapping - or more precisely paging - must be much faster/ with an SSD. Since RAM is expensive versus SSD, I could even be tempted to design a system with a small amount of RAM and a large amount of swap space on SSDs. In other words, I can ask myself if trying to prevent my system to page is still a good fight?

Let's try to shed some light on these questions.

Paging takes place when my system runs out of RAM because more processes are created or because existing processes requires more memory (check this


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Technical Webinars
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  • Mercredi 10 Février : Securité pour les applications Web. Pour les startups du Web, la protection et la sécurisation de leurs applications, de leurs données, et de celles de leurs clients est un véritable facteur clé de succès.  Ce Webinar couvre les différents challenges liés à la sécurité ainsi que les solutions associées telles que l'encryption, l'authentification, les certificats, la sécurisation du stockage et le stockage à tolérance de panne, les environnements étanches. Les architectes de Sun Startup Essentials présenteront des implémentations économiques basées sur des composents standards et ouverts tel qu'Apache,

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  • Mercredi 10 Février : Securité pour les applications Web. Pour les startups du Web, la protection et la sécurisation de leurs applications, de leurs données, et de celles de leurs clients est un véritable facteur clé de succès.  Ce Webinar couvre les différents challenges liés à la sécurité ainsi que les solutions associées telles que l'encryption, l'authentification, les certificats, la sécurisation du stockage et le stockage à tolérance de panne, les environnements étanches. Les architectes de Sun Startup Essentials présenteront des implémentations économiques basées sur des composents standards et ouverts tel qu'Apache,

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  • Mercredi 10 Février : Securité pour les applications Web. Pour les startups du Web, la protection et la sécurisation de leurs applications, de leurs données, et de celles de leurs clients est un véritable facteur clé de succès.  Ce Webinar couvre les différents challenges liés à la sécurité ainsi que les solutions associées telles que l'encryption, l'authentification, les certificats, la sécurisation du stockage et le stockage à tolérance de panne, les environnements étanches. Les architectes de Sun Startup Essentials présenteront des implémentations économiques basées sur des composents standards et ouverts tel qu'Apache,

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InnoDB and 4k page size benchmarks?
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Has anyone done any more work on recompiling InnoDB with 4k pages and benchmarking under SSD?

We’re building out a new DB that uses very small records (around 32-64 bytes) so reading a whole 16k for this record should have a performance difference.

I haven’t seen any benchmarks on 16k random read IOPS on the Intel SSD but my hunch is that there will be a 20-30% penalty here.

Though even if it was a 4x penalty that would still be about 9k transactions per second which is pretty good.

On a personal note I just bought a new Mac Book Pro which will be upgraded to the Intel X-25M MLC SSD.

Needless to say I’m very excited!



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SSD Vendors: Please let developers obtain extended health and # of erase cycle stats on your SSDs.
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Here’s the problem I currently have.

We’re looking at deploying the Intel X-25M MLC SSD in production.

The problem being that this drive has a lower number of erase cycles but is much cheaper. Than the Intel X-25E SLC drive.

However, in our situation we’re write once, read many. I’m 99% certain that we will not burn out these drives. We write data to disk once and it is never written again.

The problem is that I can’t be 100% sure that this is the case. There is btree flushing, and binary log issues that I’m worried about…

What would be really nice is an API (SMART?) that I can enumerate the erase blocks on the drive, determine the max erase cycles, and read

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Storage for your Database
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Save the date - October 14th, 3pm Paris & Berlin, 2pm London, 4pm Jerusalem  -  for this free live webinar where you'll have a chance to ask questions to our experts.

This webinar focuses on how ZFS, SSDs and the Open Storage line of products from Sun are changing the rules in the database storage industry. You will learn how to increase data security, scalability, and reduce the price/performance ratio with these technologies. This webinar includes ZFS best practises for databases backup and performance.

To register, click here.

SSD Market Continues to Heat Up
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I had originally posted this on the 16th of September, but I had been changing hosting providers and such and it has managed to drop through the cracks.  So, if you didn’t see it before here it is..

I have long held the opinon that SSD (Solid State Disk) drives are going to be a major part of the database future. I just checked and I wrote a blog posting about them two years ago. I am not alone in this opinion.  It has long been realized that both I/O access speed and throughput increases have not kept pace with the increases in CPU power and the steadily decreasing cost of RAM. Storage space has increased, but both access speed and throughput performance have only had marginal increases in performance.

Solid state disks have long held the promise of lowered access speeds, especially when it comes to random access.  Even so, prices for SSD drives

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Recording: "ZFS + SSD tuning for databases"
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Just in case you missed the live event, we have a recording of the ZFS + SSD for databases webcast Listen Now

You can also download the slides from Slide share. Download Slides

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