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TokuDB Hot Backup Now a MySQL Plugin

In the recently released TokuDB 7.5.5 the implementation of TokuDB hot-backup moved from a patch to the MySQL Server, to MySQL Plugin.  Why did we make this change?

TokuDB hot backup makes a transactionally consistent copy of the TokuDB files while applications continue to read and write these files.  Christian Rober wrote a nice series of blogs about how hot backup works.  See TokuDB hot backup 1 and TokuDB hot backup 2 for details.  In summary, the TokuDB hot backup library intercepts system calls that write files and duplicates the writes on backup files. It does this while copying files to the backup directory.

There are two changes made to MySQL to get TokuDB hot backup working.

First, the hot backup …

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So long, and thanks for all the help.

Today is my last day at Tokutek. On Monday I'm starting a new opportunity as VP/Technology at CrunchTime!. If you are a web developer, database developer, or quality assurance engineer in the Boston area and looking for a new opportunity please contact me or visit the CrunchTime! career page.

I've really enjoyed my time at VoltDB and Tokutek. Working for Mike Stonebraker (at VoltDB) was on my career "bucket list" and in these past 3.5 years at Tokutek I've experienced the awesomeness of the MySQL ecosystem and the surging NoSQL database …

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Mo’ Data, Mo’ Problems

Welcome to blog #2 in a series about the benefits of the Fractal Tree. In this post, I’ll be explaining Big Data, why it poses such a problem and how Tokutek can help. Given the fact that I am a lifelong fan of both Hip-hop and Big Data, the title was a no-brainer and, given the artist, a bit of a pun.

 I am as tired as you of hearing the term “Big Data.” It’s so overused, that it ceases to have specific meaning anymore. You see, data hardly ever starts as “big” or a “problem.” Rather, it starts small and easily manageable, but gradually grows to some unimaginable size and becomes a beast in need of slaying, like the irradiated ant from a sci-fi film, growing to the size of a cruise ship. The nature of tackling such a tough problem means that the initial understanding of the factors involved is, oftentimes, incomplete at best; Catch-22 exemplified. During the course of problem it is …

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Fractal Tree Greatness: The Nexus

In my recent travels, I’ve been speaking with database users at various meetups and trade shows worldwide. Very often, I got questions centering around the best use cases for our products, be it TokuDB, our MySQL storage engine, or, TokuMX, our distribution of MongoDB. Over 90% of the time, I responded Cloud, Big Data or both. You see, in the software industry we’re like kindergartners, we like things to fit into neat categories. If you know any software sales people, you’ll recognize this as a fitting analogy (at least in terms of energy and attention span), but I digress. This strategy helps allocate resources where they are most likely to make an impact, and, thus, optimize our return on investment. In this blog series, I’m going to go slightly against the grain and explain why the Fractal Tree makes databases work in these environments.


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Should vegetarians open steakhouse restaurants?

"Should vegetarians open steakhouse restaurants?"

Though someone will probably give me several examples of why they should, I'll argue that they absolutely should not. How can someone who doesn't eat steak convince others to eat at their "steak-only" restaurant?

But this is something a "professional technology benchmarker" (PTB) struggles with on a regular basis. Hello, I'm Tim Callaghan, and I'm a PTB.
professional technology benchmarker, or PTB (noun) : One who compares two technologies as part of their job. One of these technologies is usually the product of the PTB's employer, the other is almost always not. In a past experience I was tasked with comparing the performance of a fully in-memory database with Oracle and MySQL on a "TPC-C like" workload. At the time I was an Oracle expert and working for the in-memory database company, but had never started a single MySQL server in my life. At …

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Can we improve the current state of benchmarketing?

I'm starting off 2015 with the following New Year's Resolution, to improve the state of benchmarking. About a month ago I noticed the following tweet:
Hey @tokutek, please look at this: …. Are the benchmarks rigged or correctly done? I'm curious to know! While I've never met Ian Campbell (@iamic) he certainly knew how to call me to action. I immediately checked out the STSsoft website, the benchmark results page, and the benchmark code itself. My first reaction …

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Testing TokuDB’s Group Commit Algorithm Improvement

The MySQL 5.6 Release has introduced some changes to how two phase commit works and is managed.  In particular, the commit phase of transactions to the binary log is now serialized and this behavior is something we identified fairly immediately.  We implement a group commit algorithm that needed to be altered so that TokuDB’s group commit to its recovery log would function effectively.

As part of our effort to verify the new Binary Log Group Commit functionality introduced in TokuDB 7.5.4 for Percona Server, we wanted to demonstrate the substantial increase in throughput scaling but also show the bottleneck caused by the skewed interaction between the binary log group commit algorithm in MySQL 5.6 and the transaction commit mechanism used in TokuDB 7.5.3 for Percona Server.  During our testing, we noticed that the throughput scaling was diminished when we turned on the binlog.

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Scaling TokuDB Performance with Binlog Group Commit

TokuDB offers high throughput for write intensive applications, and the throughput scales with the number of concurrent clients.  However, when the binary log is turned on, TokuDB 7.5.2 throughput suffers.  The throughput scaling problem is caused by a poor interaction between the binary log group commit algorithm in MySQL 5.6 and the way TokuDB commits transactions.   TokuDB 7.5.4 for Percona Server 5.6 fixes this problem, and the result is roughly an order of magnitude increase in SysBench throughput for in memory workloads.

MySQL uses two phase commit protocol to synchronize the MySQL binary log with the recovery logs of the storage engines when a transaction commits.  Since fsync’s are used to ensure the durability of the data in the various logs, and fsync’s can be very slow, the fsync can easily become a bottleneck.  A …

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Benchmarking Presentation at Percona Live London 2014

In a few weeks I’m presenting “Performance Benchmarking: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned” at Percona Live London 2014 (November 3-4). I continue to learn lessons and improve my benchmarking capabilities, so the content is a full upgrade from my presentation at Percona Live Santa Clara in April 2013. Anyone interested in achieving and sustaining the best performance out of their software/hardware/application should attend.

Also, Tokutek is sponsoring so we’ll be available in the expo hall throughout the show.

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MySQL compression: Compressed and Uncompressed data size

MySQL has information_schema.tables that contain information such as “data_length” or “avg_row_length.” Documentation on this table however is quite poor, making an assumption that those fields are self explanatory – they are not when it comes to tables that employ compression. And this is where inconsistency is born. Lets take a look at the same table containing some highly compressible data using different storage engines that support MySQL compression:


mysql> select * from information_schema.tables where table_schema='test' G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
ROW_FORMAT: tokudb_zlib
DATA_LENGTH: 409722880
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