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Does the Meltdown Fix Affect Performance for MySQL on Bare Metal?

In this blog post, we’ll look at does the Meltdown fix affect performance for MySQL on bare metal servers.

Since the news about the Meltdown bug, there were a lot of reports on the performance hit from proposed fixes. We have looked at how the fix affects MySQL (Percona Server for MySQL) under a sysbench workload.

In this case, we used bare metal boxes with the following specifications:

  • Two-socket Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2683 v3 @ 2.00GHz (in total 56 entries in /proc/cpuinfo)
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Memory: 256GB
  • Storage: Samsung SM863 1.9TB SATA SSD
  • Percona Server for MySQL 5.7.20
  • Kernel (vulnerable) 4.13.0-21
  • Kernel (with Meltdown fix) 4.13.0-25

Please note, the current kernel for Ubuntu 16.04 contains only a Meltdown fix, …

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MariaDB 10.3.4 and MariaDB Connector/C 3.0.3 and 2.3.5 now available

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the availability of MariaDB 10.3.4, the second beta release in the MariaDB 10.3 series, as well as MariaDB Connector/C 3.0.3, the latest stable release in the MariaDB Connector/J 3.0 series, and MariaDB Connector/C 2.3.5, the latest stable release in the MariaDB Connector/C 2.3 series. See the release notes […]

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A tale of Corrupt InnoDB table, MySQL crash & recovery

I’m going to narrate you a story that happened around a crashing MyQL, Corrupted InnoDB table and finally the recovery by table restore. We will see how our database administrator detected the issue and what he did to resolve it. A day in MySQL Database Consultant’s day was taking its shape while a friend called […]

New Video - Ten Tips to Secure MySQL & MariaDB

This video, based on last weeks blog “Ten Tips to Achieve MySQL and MariaDB Security”, walks you through ten different items to keep in mind when deploying a MySQL or MariaDB database to production.

Database security is an essential part of any system. With more and more news reports of widespread data breaches coming in from around the world, there is no better time to check your environments and make sure you have implemented these basic steps to remain secure.

ClusterControl for Database Security

ClusterControl provides advanced deployment, monitoring and management features to ensure your databases and their …

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Now with System Versioned Tables - Announcing MariaDB Server 10.3 Second Beta

Now with System Versioned Tables - Announcing MariaDB Server 10.3 Second Beta RalfGebhardt Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:19

We are happy to announce the second beta release of MariaDB Server 10.3, the fastest growing open source relational database. Beta is an important time in our release and we encourage you to download this release today! Please note that we do not recommend running beta releases in production.

MariaDB Server 10.2 added enhancements like Window Functions, Common Table Expressions, JSON functions and CHECK constraints. MariaDB Server 10.3 is the next evolution. For MariaDB Server 10.3 a lot of effort has been spent on database compatibility enhancements, especially for stored routines. This will allow easier migration of stored functions and better usability of stored functions in general.

With System Versioned Tables we are now adding a new powerful enhancement to MariaDB Server, the ability to …

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Replication Will Not Start On RDS – MariaDB 10.2

Briefing the recent encounter on a Replication issue with RDS MariaDB 10.2.

Problem Statement:

After the upgrade of replicas to MariaDB 10.2 on RDS, Once replication is stopped manually through “call mysql.rds_stop_replication;” or replication failed due to some error. Replication cannot be started back using “call mysql.rds_start_replication;” and there is no straightforward way or documented process to start the replication back. Also, most of the replication related RDS commands like skip errors etc will not work. This is due to the implementation of replication handling in RDS.


On Jan 5, 2018, RDS announced support for MariaDB 10.2. Release Notes From Amazon

To test the release we tried upgrading one of our read replicas used …

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Donkey System

Donkey system is a fully automatic MySQL database change system.
It gives a great help both to the release of the business and the company’s automated operation and maintenance.


Meltdown vs storage

tl;dr - sysbench fileio throughput for ext4 drops by more than 20% from Linux 4.8 to 4.13

I shared results from sysbench with a cached database to show a small impact from the Meltdown patch in Ubuntu 16.04. Then I repeated the test for an IO-bound configuration using a 200mb buffer pool for InnoDB and database that is ~1.5gb.

The results for read-only tests looked similar to what I saw previously so I won't share them. The results for write-heavy tests were odd as QPS for the kernel without the patch (4.8.0-36) were much better than for the kernel with the patch (4.13.0-26).

The next step was to use sysbench fileio to determine whether storage performance was OK and it was similar for 4.8 and 4.13 with read-only and write-only tests. But throughput with 4.8 was better than 4.13 for a …

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FOSDEM MySQL Community Dinner – Friday 2 Feb 2018 – Tickets Now Available!

FOSDEM is back in town, folks, and as usual, there will there be a MySQL and Friends Devroom. At this point, we can’t really remember what came first, was it the annual dinner or the devroom? Our memories of the past few years are particularly hazy on that…  Can’t imagine why.

Following a great tradition of dining together in style with members from all over the community, we have rented a by now familiar private space at ICAB, more detailed directions below.

A couple of things changed compared to the last couple of years. The community dinner will take place on Friday night 2 February, following the …

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Shinguz: Advanced MySQL and MariaDB training in Cologne 2018

End of February, from February 26 to March 2 (5 days), FromDual offers an additional training for DBAs and DevOps: our most visited Advanced MySQL and MariaDB training.

This training is hold in the training facilities of the FromDual training partner GFU Cyrus GmbH in Cologne-Deutz (Germany).

There are already enough registrations so it is certain the training will take place. But there are still free places for at least 3 additional participants.

The training is in German.

You can find the training of this 5-day MySQL/MariaDB training here.

If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact us.

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