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MySQL Monitoring 101
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At the 2009 MySQL Conference and Expo I presented to a full room on MySQL Monitoring 101.

This presentation focused on the following four goals.

  • Know what to monitor
  • Know how you can monitor
  • Learn practices to diagnose problems
  • Have a foundation of historical information
MySQL Monitoring 101 View more presentations from Ronald Bradford.
A change in the MySQL Binary distributions
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Yesterday was the surprise announcement of MySQL 5.4 (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/generate-article.php?id=1602) at the 2009 MySQL Conference and Expo. It was unfortunate that the supporting information was not that forthcoming on the MySQL (http://mysql.com) website. I tried for several hours to try and download, but no mirrors were initially available. Today I see some information on the mysql.com (http://mysql.com) home page and finally able to get the binary.

What I found most significant with this new major version release is a change in the binary distribution, as seen on the Download page.

MySQL 5.4 is only available on 3 platforms:

  • Linux (AMD64 / Intel EM64T)
  • Solaris 10 (SPARC, 64-bit)
  • Solaris 10 (AMD64 / Intel EM64T, 64-bit)

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What’s happening with InnoDB
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I have moved on to InnoDB: Innovative Technologies for Performance and Data Protection by Ken Jacobs at MySQL Conference and Expo.

With a brief history lesson of inception from 1994, inclusion in MySQL in 2000 and acquired by Oracle in 2005. Most of the work was done by one person. InnoDB is based on sound database computer science using Gray & Reuters definitive text on database design.

Some key points in Ken’s discussion.

  • Adaptive Hash indexing for frequent queries on keys.
  • In plugin Adaptive Hash is configurable
  • Insert Buffering - Deferring secondary index writes
  • Fast Index Create - doesn’t requires all indexes to be rebuilt
  • Table Compression - Changing the page size
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Search at Craigslist
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I am now sitting in on MySQL and Search at Craigslist by Jeremy Zawodny at MySQL Users Conference

Some of the technical difficulties that required addressing.

  • High churn rate
  • half life can be very short
  • Growth
  • Traffic
  • Need to archive postings, e.g. 100M but be searchable
  • Internationalization and UTF-8

Some of the Craigslist Goals

  • Open Source
  • Easy and approachable
  • be green with energy use

A review of the Internals server configuration

  • Load Balancer (perlbal like)
  • Read Proxy Array (perl+memcached)
  • Web Read Array (apache 1.3 + mod_perl)
  • Object Cache (Perl + memcached)
  • Read DB Cluster (MySQL 5.0.x)
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MySQL Users Conference Opening Lines
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Opening introduction from Colin Charles got us started. Karen Tegan Padir VP MySQL & Software Infrastructure was the opening keynote.

She comes from a strong tech background and is passionate about open source, the communities and how to make a successful product.

There isn’t a person that doesn’t go a day without interacting with a website or hardware system that uses a MySQL database.

The big news was the announcement of MySQL 5.4 - Performance & Scalability. Key features include.

  • InnoDb scalability 16way x86 and 64 way CMT servers
  • subquery optimization
  • new query algorithms
  • improved stored procedures, and prepared statements
  • enhanced Information Schema
  • improved DTrace Support

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Where is the MySQL in Sun’s announcement
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I find it surprising that in the official Sun Announcement there is no mention of MySQL (http://mysql.com) for two reasons. Firstly, this was Sun largest single purchase of $1 billion only 12 months ago. Second, MySQL’s largest competitor is Oracle.

While the Sun website shows the news in grandeur, the MySQL (http://mysql.com/) website is noticeably absent in any information of it’s owners’ acquisition.

On my professional side, as an independent speaker for Sun Microsystems with plans for upcoming webinars and future speaking on “Best Practices in Migrating to MySQL from Oracle”, this news does not benefit my bottom line.

A Drizzle update - Running version 2009.03.970-development
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I’ve not looked at compiling and running Drizzle on my server for the past four weeks. Well overdue time for a check and see how it’s going. I saw in today’s planet.mysql.com by Eric Day a new dependency is needed. libdrizzle 0.2.0 now in Drizzle is now required, so I started there.

cd ~/bzr
bzr branch lp:libdrizzle
cd libdrizzle
./config/autorun.sh
./configure
make
sudo make install

No problems there, also documented at the Drizzle Wiki. Great to see the docs up to date. I see my old work on starting the compiling page still relevant. Tested on CentOS 5 and Mac OS/X 10.5

Compiling drizzle was not much more difficult.

cd ~/bzr/drizzle
bzr update
make
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Identifying resource bottlenecks - CPU
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One of the first steps when addressing a MySQL performance tuning problem is to perform a system audit of the physical hardware resources, then identify any obvious bottlenecks in these resources.

When dealing with CPU, a quick audit should include identifying the number of CPU cores your server has, and the types of these cores. The key file on Linux systems is /proc/cpuinfo.

Number of cores can be found via the command cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep “^processor” | wc -l

You need to look more closely at the file to determine the type of CPU (e.g. below the model name shows Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3220 @ 2.40GHz. The combination of knowing the number of processors (cores) listed and physical id and siblings helps identify how many CPUs and how many cores per CPU exist.

$ cat
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