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First MySQL/NoSQL/Cloud Latin America conference

This last week was the first time we have this kind event here in Argentina, of course this is a great initiative and a good starting point for next events. My impressions: being the first time that these kind of conferences were done in Argentina I have to say it was great, small but great. [...]

MySQL News – June 5

Stalls During DDL, Faster DROP TABLE Courtesy of the InnoDB Team

Mark Callaghan mentioned a simple issue on DDL operation. I found the back porting interesting, but not always a possible option. I have nothing to comment on top of what was already stated there, but I’ll mention it because it is interesting to read.

Why do threads sometimes stay in ‘killed’ state in MySQL?

Customers often ask me (and I believe all MySQL DBAs can relate): “Why did that query remain in a KILL state and does not go away?”

As we know, KILLed queries remain in MySQL until a clean up takes place, given that the action is not done synchronously. I found this article to be a good description of such events …

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MySQL News (May 10, 2012)

This week has been rather calm.

I was busy with day-to-day work but had some spare time to use on simple implementations and tests. My work was related to Tablespace management in 5.6 and Table partition EXCHANGE. You can read the articles here.

I have also started to dig a little bit more in the details of Mongo’s architecture, given the need to have it properly reviewed and implemented in parallel with MySQL installations. As for news and reviews, I was interested in a couple of articles:

Interesting article from Vadim about SSD. This is more of a suggested reading then one I can comment on.

What really makes me unhappy was the …

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Some Fun with MySQL’s History List

Why this article?

First of all, because I had fun digging in the code.

Then, I was reading a lot about the improvements we will have in MySQL 5.6 and about some already present in 5.5. Most of them are well covered by people that certainly know more than me, so I read and read, but after a while became curious. I began reading the code and performing tests. I started to compare versions, like 5.1 – 5.5. – 5.6. One of the things I was looking for was how the new Purge thread mechanism works and what were its implications. I have to say that it seems to work better than the previous versions, and the Dimitry blog (see reference) seems to confirm that.

So again, why the article? Because I think there are some traps here and there, and I feel the need to write about them. The worse behavior is with MySQL 5.5. This is because in 5.5 we have an intermediate situation, where the purge is not fully …

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MySQL bi-weekly news 04/26/2012

Following a brief list of what I have found more interesting during the last two weeks. Up to now, April has being a great month for MySQL. MySQL Conference  – Percona conference 2012 The Percona MySQL 2012 conference, has seen the MySQL community, interact as it was doing many years ago, re-creating the dynamic and creative [...]

YACR! (Yet another conference review!)

The journey to the Hotel in Santa Clara took me something like 16 hours. It was long, arduous and at times despairing, but was it worth it? Absolutely! I made the epic journey with my Pythian (and former Nokia) colleague Andrew Moore, and once at the conference we met up with more members of our [...]

MySQLboy @ MySQL Conf 2012 [part 1/2]

MySQLBoy attends the annual MySQL Conference and Expo host by Percona. [part 1 of 2]

Percona Live MySQL Conference 2012 – Day 1 Review

Day 1 is the first official day of the Percona Live MySQL Conference. It began with two mini keynotes by Peter Zaitev and Baron Schwarz of Percona talking about the history of MySQL and his beginnings in the open source movement, respectively. It was very nostalgic, and I’m sure it brought a tear to a few people’s eyes.

Following the dynamic duo was full keynotes by Mårten Mickos (Eucalyptus Systems) on “Making LAMP a Cloud” and Brian Aker (HP) on “The New MySQL Cloud Ecosystem”. To be honest, I found the full keynotes to be quite disappointing. For me, the keynotes speeches should be about a topic that is visionary or notable in some way. What I got from the keynotes were:  MySQL is good, MySQL is growing, let me show you my product around MySQL, and buy/use my product. They felt far more like glorified sales pitches.

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Percona Live MySQL Conference 2012 – Day 0 Review

Day 0 of the MySQL Conference was a day unlike any other day. It was, in fact, tutorial day. While regular days of the Percona Live MySQL Conference feature 50 minute sessions, usually split into a 40 minute talk and a 5-10 minute question period, tutorials are 3-hour-long sessions (with a generous 10 minute break in the middle for those that wish to go to the WC) that provide an in-depth dive into some aspect of MySQL. Due to the length of the tutorials, they are more in-depth and technical than individual sessions can be, but at the same time, we are limited to 2 tutorials slots per day instead of the 5 for sessions.The tutorial schedule for the conference is located here, and with so many good ones, it was hard to choose which one(s) to go to.For the morning session, I attended Peter Zaitev’s tutorial entitled “InnoDB and XtraDB …

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My Second day at MySQL Conference 2012 – third session

MySQL Cluster Performance Tuning ——————————————- In this session we will look at different tuning aspects of MySQL Cluster. As well as going through performance tuning basics in MySQL Cluster, we will look closely at the new parameters and status variables of MySQL Cluster 7.2 to determine issues with e.g disk data performance and query (join) [...]

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