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Comparing InnoDB to MyISAM Performance
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The MySQL performance team in Oracle has recently completed a series of benchmarks comparing Read / Write and Read-Only performance of MySQL 5.5 with the InnoDB and MyISAM storage engines.

Compared to MyISAM, InnoDB delivered 35x higher throughput on the Read / Write test and 5x higher throughput on the Read-Only test, with 90% scalability across 36 CPU cores.

A full analysis of results and MySQL configuration parameters are documented in a new whitepaper (http://www.mysql.com/why-mysql/white-papers/mysql_5.5_perf_myisam_innodb.php)


In addition to the benchmark, the new whitepaper (http://www.mysql.com/why-mysql/white-papers/mysql_5.5_perf_myisam_innodb.php), also includes:
- A discussion of the use-cases for each storage engine
- Best practices for users








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Moving from MyISAM to Innodb or XtraDB. Basics
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I do not know if it is because we're hosting a free webinar on migrating MyISAM to Innodb or some other reason but recently I see a lot of questions about migration from MyISAM to Innodb.

Webinar will cover the process in a lot more details though I would like to go over basics in advance. You can also check my old post on this topic about Moving MyISAM to Innodb as well as searching the blog - We've blogged so much on this topic.

So what are the basics ?

Regression Benchmarks - Make sure to run regression benchmarks in particular in terms of

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Why mysqldump is converting my tables from InnoDB to MyISAM?
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First of all: mysqldump is not converting tables. It is something else. Here is the story:

One of my clients had a case when they were migrating to a new mysql server: they used mysqldump to export data from the old server (all InnoDB) and imported it to the new server. When finished, all the tables became MyISAM on the new server. So they asked me this question:
“Why mysqldump is converting my tables from InnoDB to MyISAM?”

First of all we made sure that the tables are InnoDB on the old server. It was true.
Second we run “show engines” on the new server:

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Common MySQL Scalability Mistakes
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This week I was one of the presenters at the first Surge Scalability Conference in Baltimore. An event that focused not just on one technology but on what essential tools, technologies and practices system architects need to know about for successfully scaling web applications.

While MySQL is an important product in many environments, it is only one component for a successful technology stack and for many organizations is one of several products that manage your data.

My presentation was on the common MySQL scalability mistakes and how to avoid them. This is a problem/solution approach and is a companion talk with

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Converting myisam tables to innodb
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Why should you convert myisam tables to innodb ? For the perfectly simple reason that innodb tables do not get locked by concurrent selects & inserts. So if you find that your myisam table is suffering for too many locks - due to concurrent selects and inserts, it is time for you to covert the table to innodb. The simple query which does the trick is Alter table myisam_table_name engine =
mysql hack - altering huge tables
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You have a huge mysql table - maybe 100 GB. And you need to run alter on it - to either add an index, drop an index, add a column or drop a column. If you run the simple mysql "alter table" command, you will end up spending ages to bring the table back into production. Here is a simple hack to get the thing done. The benefit of the hack is that the alter runs quite fast. But since this is a hack
Personal observation: more migrations from MyISAM to InnoDB
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I’m evidencing an increase in the planning, confidence & execution for MyISAM to InnoDB migration.

How much can a single consultant observe? I agree Oracle should not go to PR based on my experience. But I find that:

  • More companies are now familiar with InnoDB than there used to.
  • More companies are interested in migration to InnoDB than there used to.
  • More companies feel such migration to be safe.
  • More companies start up with an InnoDB based solution than with a MyISAM based solution.

This is the way I see it. No doubt, the Oracle/Sun deal made its impact. The fact that InnoDB is no longer a 3rd party; the fact Oracle invests in InnoDB and no other engine (Falcon is down, no real development on MyISAM); the fact InnoDB is to be the default engine: all these put companies at ease with

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Unqualified COUNT(*) speed PBXT vs InnoDB
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So this is about a SELECT COUNT(*) FROM tblname without a WHERE clause. MyISAM has an optimisation for that since it maintains a rowcount for each table. InnoDB and PBXT can’t do that (at least not easily) because of their multi-versioned nature… different transactions may see a different number of rows for the table table!

So, it’s kinda known but nevertheless often ignored that this operation on InnoDB is costly in terms of time; what InnoDB has to do to figure out the exact number of rows is scan the primary key and just tally. Of course it’s faster if it doesn’t have to read a lot of the blocks from disk (i.e. smaller dataset or a large enough buffer pool).

I was curious about PBXT’s performance on this, and behold it appears to be quite a bit faster! For a table with 50 million rows, PBXT

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fast paging in the real world
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Some time ago I attended the "Optimisation by Design" course from Open Query¹. In it, Arjen teaches how writing better queries and schemas can make your database access much faster (and more reliable). One such way of optimising things is by adding appropriate query hints or flags. These hints are magic strings that control how a server executes a query or how it returns results.

An example of such a hint is SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS. You use it in a select query with a LIMIT clause. It instructs the server to select a limited numbers of rows, but also to calculate the total number of rows that would have been returned without the limit clause in place. That total number of rows is stored in a session variable, which can be retrieved via SELECT FOUND_ROWS();  That simply reads the variable and clears it on the server, it doesn't actually have to look at any table or

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A MyISAM backup is blocking as read-only, including mysqldump backup
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Actually this is (almost) all I wanted to say. This is intentionally posted with all related keywords in title, in the hope that a related search on Google will result with this post on first page.

I’m just still encountering companies who use MyISAM as their storage engine and are unaware that their nightly backup actually blocks their application, basically rendering their product unavailable for long minutes to hours on a nightly basis.

So this is posted as a warning for those who were not aware of this fact.

There is no hot (non blocking) backup for MyISAM. Closest would be file system snapshot, but even this requires flushing of tables, which may take a while to complete. If you must have a hot backup, then either use replication – and take the risk of the slave not being in complete sync with the master – or use another storage engine, i.e. InnoDB.

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