MySQL 5.5 and Percona Server 5.5 do not solve all scalability problems even for read only workloads. Workloads which got a lot of attention such as Sysbench and DBT2/TPC-C scale pretty well a they got a lot of attention, there can be other quite typical workloads however which do not scale that well. This is why it is important to test performance and scalability for your application on your hardware if you really want results most relevant for your situation.
In this example I spotted the query pattern responsible for large portion of the load in the application by aggregating query log with mk-query-digest. When I filtered out only queries of this pattern and got a simplified part of production workload which focuses only on one query but yet mimics real world values distribution.
The query looks something like this:[Read more...]