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Optimizing InnoDB for creating 30,000 tables (and nothing else)
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Once upon a time, it would have been considered madness to even attempt to create 30,000 tables in InnoDB. That time is now a memory. We have customers with a lot more tables than a mere 30,000. There have historically been no tests for anything near this many tables in the MySQL test suite.

So, in fleshing out the test cases for this and innodb_dict_size_limit I was left with the not so awesome task of making the test case run in remotely reasonable time. The test case itself is pretty simple, a simple loop in the not at all exciting mysqltest language that will create 30,000 identical tables, insert a row into each of them and then drop them.

Establishing the ground rules: I do not care about durability. This is a test case, not

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Speaking on Tuesday: HailDB and Dropping ACID: Eating Data in a Web 2.0 Cloud World
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I’m giving two talks tomorrow (Tuesday) at the MySQL Conference and Expo:

HailDB: A NoSQL API direct to InnoDB, 2:00pm, Ballroom D

Dropping ACID: Eating Data In A Web 2.0 Cloud World 3:05pm, Ballroom G

The HailDB talk is all about a C API to embed an InnoDB based relational database engine into your application. Awesome stuff (also nice and technical).

The second talk, “Dropping ACID: Eating Data in a Web 2.0 Cloud World” is not only a joke that only database people get, but a humorous and serious look at data integrity and reliability as promised by the current hype. This was quite well received at linux.conf.au in January. So, if you weren’t in Australia in January this year, then certainly come along and see how you go heckling an Australian.

Things I’ve done in Drizzle
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When writing my Dropping ACID: Eating Data in a Web 2.0 Cloud World talk for LCA2011 I came to the realisation that I had forgotten a lot of the things I had worked on in MySQL and MySQL Cluster. So, as a bit of a retrospective as part of the Drizzle7 GA release, I thought I might try and write down a (incomplete) list of the various things I’ve worked on in Drizzle.

I noticed I did a lot of code removal, that’s all fine and dandy but maybe I won’t list all of that… except perhaps my first branch that was merged :)

2008

  • First ever branch that was merged: some mysys removal (use POSIX functions instead of wrappers that sometimes have different semantics than their POSIX functions), some removal of NETWARE, build scripts that weren’t helpful (i.e. weren’t what any build team
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HailDB being built by default in Drizzle
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It just it trunk – if you have HailDB installed when you build Drizzle, you will now get the HailDB plugin built. You can even run Drizzle with it (remove innobase plugin, load HailDB plugin). Previously, we had problems building both due to symbol conflicts between innobase and HailDB. We’ve fixed this thanks to the linker.

So, enjoy HailDB… welll, test it and report bugs that I can fix :)

New APIs in HailDB
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In the current HailDB we have a couple of new API calls that you may like:

  • ib_status_get_all()
    Is very similar to ib_cfg_get_all(). This allows the library to add new status variables without applications having to know about them – because we return a list of what there are. For Drizzle, this means that the DATA_DICTIONARY.HAILDB_STATUS table will automatically have any new status variables we add to HailDB without a single extra line of code having to be written.
  • ib_set_panic_handler()
    Having a shared library call exit() is generally considered impolite. Previously, if HailDB hit corruption (or some other nasty conditions), it could call exit() and you’d never get a chance to display a sensible error message to your user (especially bad in a GUI app where the printed to console error message would be

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Second Drizzle Beta (and InnoDB update)
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We just released the latest Drizzle tarball (2010-10-11 milestone). There are a whole bunch of bug fixes, but there are two things that are interesting from a storage engine point of view:

  • The Innobase plugin is now based on innodb_plugin 1.0.6
  • The embedded_innodb engine is now named HailDB and requires HailDB, it can no longer be built with embedded_innodb.

Those of you following Drizzle fairly closely have probably noticed that we’ve lagged behind in InnoDB versions. I’m actively working on fixing that – both for the innobase plugin and for the HailDB library.

If building the HailDB plugin (which is planned to replace the innobase plugin), you’ll need the latest

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Warnings are now actual problems
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Yesterday, I reached a happy milestone in HailDB development. All compiler warnings left in the api/ directory (the public interface to the database engine) are now either probable/possible bugs (that we need to look at closely) or are warnings due to unfinished code (that we should finish).

There’s still a bunch of compiler warnings that we’ve inherited (HailDB compiles with lots of warnings enabled) that we have to get through, but a lot will wait until after we update the core to be based on InnoDB 1.1.

HailDB 2.0.0 released!
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(Reposted from the HailDB Blog. See also the announcement on the Drizzle Blog.)
We’ve made our first HailDB release! We’ve decided to make this a very conservative release. Fixing some minor bugs, getting a lot of compiler warnings fixed and start to make the name change in the source from Embedded InnoDB to HailDB.

Migrating your software to use HailDB is really simple. In fact, for this release, it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.

Highlights of this release:

  • A lot of compiler warnings have been fixed.
  • The build system is now pandora-build.
  • some small bugs have been fixed
  • Header file is now haildb.h instead of innodb.h
  • We display

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HailDB, Hudson, compiler warnings and cppcheck
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I’ve integrated HailDB into our Hudson setup (haildb-trunk on Hudson). I’ve also made sure that Hudson is tracking the compiler warnings. We’ve enabled more compiler warnings than InnoDB has traditionally been compiled with – this means we’ve started off with over 4,300 compiler warnings! Most of those are not going to be anything remotely harmful – however, we often find that it’s 1 in 1000 that is a real bug. I’ve managed to get it down to about 1,700 at the moment (removing a lot of harmless ones).

I’ve also enabled a cppcheck run on it. Cppcheck is a static analysis tool for C/C++.

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Announcing HailDB
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I just announced our continuation of the Embedded InnoDB project under the name of HailDB. Check out the announcement over at http://www.haildb.com/.

HailDB is a relational database that is embeddable within applications. You embed HailDB by linking to a shared library and calling a clean and simple API. HailDB is a continuation of the Embedded InnoDB project. It is not itself a database server, but is a library implementing the storage layer. With the addition of the HailDB plugin to Drizzle you get a full SQL interface.

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