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again, on benchmarks

Dear interweb, if you have no idea what you’re writing about, keep it to yourself, don’t litter into the tubes. Some people may not notice they’re eating absolute crap and get diarrhea.

This particular benchmark has two favorite parts, that go with each other together really well:

I didnt change absolutely any parameters for the servers, eg didn’t change the innodb_buffer_pool_size or key_buffer_size.


If you need speed just to fetch a data for a given combination or key, Redis is a solution that you need to look at. MySQL can no way compare to Redis and Memcache. …

Seriously, how does one repay for all the damage of such idiotic benchmarks?

P.S. I’ve ranted at benchmarks before, and will …

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Bad Web Developers Don’t Scale

Over the last 5 years, I’ve read so many articles about how X doesn’t scale. PHP, MySQL, SQL Server, Apache, you name it – everything gets a bad rap. Everyone has a different idea of scale and size, and sadly most people think their site with 1 million page views a month can’t handle the load because whatever technology they chose to use supposedly doesn’t scale.

Guess what folks – the problem probably isn’t the language you chose, or the database you’re using. Unless you’re actually big (many millions of pageviews per day), you can usually run just fine with a straight up LAMP stack on a few servers. The real issue is that your dev team has no idea how to write software or use the tools they have available.

At this point, I wonder – what is everyone’s expectation? At what point does someone say “oh, X scales great! One box is handling my web server, data storage, video conversion, at 20 million page views a …

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Percona Performance AAR

So we've been there.

In my opinion the conference was a great success. Our presentation was not, but that's another story. Percona really showed what conferencing is about. Don't know about MySQL. It was behind the closed doors. Valiant guardians strictly watched that you didn't overhear a word of Sacred Knowledge. Hell, even to get to the Expo hall you had to pay $25 (that's right, you had to pay for watching advertisement) and surrender information about your private life, like your phone number and how you learned about the Expo.

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Oracle really….

Ummmmmfff…. wind out of my sails today. I believe their was an analyst who predicted this a year ago when Sun bought MySQL…. I wish I could find the article. I am going to head down to the UC floor and get a feel for what people are thinking… will post more as I get time.

highbase beta-0.9.4

Heavy testing, headphones with no music, lots of Sanchez Gran Reserva, headphones with Miles Davis, more testing, an updated Installation Guide, Charles Mingus & Eric Dolphy, and I still couldn’t get a Release Candidate out.

Well, such is the life of the multi purpose hacker. Other people are always finding out new purposes for you, which makes your free time aproach zero.

Does this mean that the release date of rc-1 will never come? Nah, I don’t think so. I have high hopes for the next iteration.

Wanna help me? Please test the installation guide, and then test the cluster itself. There’s a contact mail in the guide (yep, I don’t fear spam, I love it, it’s great for art).

Thanks to the 5000+ anonymous folks …

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Fun with innodb stats

I scrubbed the SQL here to protect the innocent, but check this fun stuff out.  Working with a client who randomly started seeing huge spikes in CPU and disk activity on their server after weeks of seemingly running fine.  I tracked it down to a subset of long running queries.  These queries typically run in around a second per run, but out of the blue they started taking 600 seconds.

Here is the explain for the first query:


| id | select_type | table | type  | possible_keys                 | key        | key_len | …
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We need a better benchmark

Boy am I sick or what, maybe I should see a shrink or something.  What’s the first thing that runs through my head when I wake up on a Sunday morning?  Is it thoughts of family, the days events, happy thoughts or something pleasant non technical?  No.  Its that we need a better benchmark suite for MySQL and the open source database community as a whole.  Right now the staple of our benchmarking diet is sysbench and dbt2.  While both have served their purpose they are a bit long in the tooth and do not do a good job of truly capturing what end users are doing out their.  I mean sysbench uses a single table!   Where’s the join love.  Has anyone outside of a PT expert successfuly gotten dbt2 installed?  probably not because its a pain in the rear.   Plus what the hell does box A got a TPM of 5000 vs box B’s TPM of 6000 mean?  Seriously to a client the only thing it tells is in …

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Darn Ec2 Latency!

Memcached puts    141075
Memcached hits    122696
Memcached misses  18329
Memcached Prefix:  29298
Memcached Get Total Lat 12222 (us)
Memcached Get Recent Lat 10925 (us)
Memcached Miss Total Lat 8490 (us)
Memcached Miss Recent Lat 5740 (us)
Memcached Set Total Lat 142 (us)
Memcached Set Recent Lat 65 (us)

12ms?  Really, I mean come on…. what are we using 10baseT?

at least it appears somewhat consistent.  Consistently bad, but consistent… and if you can not survive the odd spike to 35ms, what good are you.

We need to rid the world of “DBAs”

This may come as a complete shock based on the title of my website… but I have come to the conclusion that all DBA’s should be eliminated from all companies hierarchies. WHAT? Yep I do not think any company should employ a “DBA” ever again.

Before the mob comes and beats me up for heresy, Let me explain. The term and more specifically the job title “Database Administrator” is way to broad. More so then most titles in my opinion. In fact I feel it is an ancient description that does a disservice to most modern database professionals. I have seen titled DBA’s responsible for entire infrastructure stacks, and I have seen DBA’s who only know how to run SQL and perform backups. It hardly seems fair that all these folks end up lumped in together. I think we need better definitions and a somewhat common vocabulary to truly tell what sorts of tasks and responsibilities people have.

A Word about Simple MySQL Problem Detection and Benchmarking

One of the services we (Sun/MySQL) offer is a Performance Tuning and Optimization consulting package. These consulting engagements generally take several different forms as each client has a specific need that must be resolved. But there is a commonality between all of these assignments, they all require some amount of bottleneck detection as well as benchmarking. The topic of benchmarking and bottleneck detection is huge, and has a very broad audience. I really can not do it justice in a single post or two. In fact we are actually planning to give a Webinar in March ( more details will be forth coming ) talking about how we go about finding bottlenecks while out at client sites, and even in an hour I can barely scratch the surface.

What I thought I would share are a few of the easier cases of finding and fixing a bottleneck I have encountered. I am still amazed that more people have not performed similar steps to eliminate …

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