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OpenStack Trove Day 2014 Recap: MySQL and DBaaS

OpenStack Trove Day

I just returned from a week in Cambridge, Massachusetts where I was attending the OpenStack Trove Day and the Trove mid-cycle meetup, both sponsored by the great folks at Tesora.

I am relatively new to the OpenStack and Trove arenas so this was a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about the communities, the various components within OpenStack, and what part Trove plays. I found the entire event very worthwhile – I met a lot of key people in the community, learned more about Trove and its potential, and in general felt a great energy and excitement surrounding Trove and OpenStack as a whole.

There were more than 120 attendees at Trove Day. That is almost four times the initial estimate! I think I …

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OpenStack’s Trove: The benefits of this database as a service (DBaaS)

In a previous post, my colleague Dimitri Vanoverbeke discussed at a high level the concepts of database as a service (DBaaS), OpenStack and OpenStack’s implementation of a DBaaS, Trove. Today I’d like to delve a bit further into Trove and discuss where it fits in, and who benefits.

Just to recap, Trove is OpenStack’s implementation of a database as a service for its cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS). And as the mission statement declares, the Trove project seeks to provide a scalable and reliable cloud database service providing functionality for both relational and non-relational database engines. With the current release of Icehouse, the technology has begun to show maturity providing both stability and a rich feature set.

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5 great new features from Percona Cloud Tools for MySQL

It’s been three months since we announced anything for Percona Cloud Tools, not because we’ve been idle but because we’ve been so busy the time flew by!  Here’s the TL;DR to pique your interest:

  • EXPLAIN queries in real-time through the web app
  • Query Analytics for Performance Schema
  • Dashboards: customizable, shared groups of charts
  • Install and upgrade the agent with 1 command line
  • Unified UI: same time range, same host wherever you go

Percona Cloud Tools for MySQL is a hosted service providing access to query performance insights for all MySQL uses. After a brief setup, unlock new information about your database and how to improve your applications. There’s a lot more, but let’s just look at these five new features…


EXPLAIN queries in real-time through the web app

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Paris OpenStack Summit Voting – Percona Submits 16 MySQL Talks

MySQL plays a critical role in OpenStack. It serves as the host database supporting most components such as Nova, Glance, and Keystone and is the most mature guest database in Trove. Many OpenStack operators use Percona open source software including the MySQL drop-in compatible Percona Server and Galera-based Percona XtraDB Cluster as well as tools such as Percona XtraBackup and Percona Toolkit. We see a need in the community to understand how to improve MySQL performance …

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Reference architecture for a write-intensive MySQL deployment

We designed Percona Cloud Tools (both hardware and software setup) to handle a very high-intensive MySQL write workload. For example, we already observe inserts of 1bln+ datapoints per day. So I wanted to share what kind of hardware we use to achieve this result.

Let me describe what we use, and later I will explain why.


  • Chassis: Supermicro SC825TQ-R740LPB 2U Rackmount Chassis
  • Motherboard: Supermicro X9DRI-F dual socket
  • CPU: Dual Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge E5-2643v2 (6x 3.5Ghz cores, 12x HT cores, 25M L3)
  • Memory: 256GB (16x 16GB 256-bit quad-channel) ECC registered DDR3-1600
  • Raid: LSI MegaRAID 9260-4i 4-port 6G/s hardware RAID controller, 512M buffer
  • MainStorage: PCIe SSD HGST FlashMAX II 4.8TB
  • Secondary Storage (OS, logs): RAID 1 over 2x 3TB hard drives
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We are using Percona Server + TokuDB engine extensively in Percona Cloud Tools and getting real usage operational experience with this engine. So I want to share some findings we came across, in hope it may help someone in their work with TokuDB.

So, one problem I faced is that SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES is quite slow when I have thousands tables in TokuDB. How slow? For example…

select * from information_schema.tables limit 1000;
1000 rows in set (18 min 31.93 sec)

This is very similar to what InnoDB faced a couple years back. InnoDB solved it by adding variable …

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“How to monitor MySQL performance” with Percona Cloud Tools: June 25 webinar

We recently released a new version of Percona Cloud Tools with MySQL monitoring capabilities. Join me June 25 and learn the details about all of the great new features inside Percona Cloud Tools – which is now free in beta. The webinar is titled “Monitoring All (Yes, All!) MySQL Metrics with Percona Cloud Tools” and begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

In addition to MySQL metrics, Percona Cloud Tools also monitors OS performance-related stats. The new Percona-agent gathers metrics with fine granularity (up to once per second), so you are able to see any of these metrics updated real-time.

During the webinar I’ll explain how the new Percona-agent works and how to configure it. And I’ll demonstrate the standard dashboard with the most important MySQL …

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Measure the impact of MySQL configuration changes with Percona Cloud Tools

When you make a change to your MySQL configuration in production it would be great to know the impact (a “before and after” type of picture). Some changes are obvious. For many variables proper values can be determined beforehand, i.e. innodb_buffer_pool_size or innodb_log_file_size. However, there is 1 configuration variable which is much less obvious for many people working with MySQL: query_cache.

The idea of query cache is great, however, there are a lot of issues with MySQL query …

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Why did we develop percona-agent in Go?

We recently open-sourced our percona-agent and if you check out the source code, you’ll find that it is written in the Go programming language (aka Golang). For those not up to speed, the percona-agent is a real-time client-side agent for Percona Cloud Tools.

Our requirements are quite demanding for our agents. This one is software that works on a real production server, so it must be fast, reliable, lightweight and easy to distribute. Surprisingly enough, binaries compiled by Go fit these characteristics.

There are of course alternatives that we considered. On the scripting side: Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby et al. These are not necessarily fast, and the distribution is also interesting. We have enough experience with …

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Do not trust vmstat IOwait numbers

I’ve been running a benchmark today on my old test box with conventional hard drives (no raid with BBU) and noticed something unusual in the CPU utilization statistics being reported.

The benchmark was run like this:

sysbench --num-threads=64 --max-requests=0 --max-time=600000 --report-interval=10 --test=oltp --db-driver=mysql --oltp-dist-type=special  --oltp-table-size=1000000   --mysql-user=root --mysql-password=password  run

Which means: create 64 threads and hammer the database with queries as quickly as possible. As the test was run on the localhost I would expect the benchmark to completely saturate the system – being either using CPU or being blocked on IO nature of this benchmark so it does not spend a lot on database locks, especially as this system has just 2 cores.

Looking at VMSTAT however I noticed this:

[root@smt1 mysql]# vmstat 10
procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- …
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