on wikipedia and mariadb

There’s some media coverage about Wikipedia switching to MariaDB, I just wanted to point out that performance figures cited are somewhat incorrect and don’t attribute gains to correct authors.

Proper performance evaluation should include not just MariaDB 5.5 but Oracle’s MySQL 5.5 version too, because thats where most of performance development happened (multiple buffer pools, rollback segments, change buffering et al).

5.5 is faster for some workloads, 5.1-fb can outperform 5.5 in other workloads (ones with lots of IO), it is good to know that there’s beneficial impact from upgrading (though I’d wait for 5.6), but it is important to state that it is an effort from Oracle as well, not just MariaDB developers.

P.S. As far as I understand, decision to switch is political, and with 5.6 momentum right now it may not be the best one, 5.6 is going to rock :-)