In MySQL 5.6.2 we have introduced a new background thread named the page_cleaner in InnoDB. Adaptive flushing of modified buffer pool pages in the main background thread, async flushing by a foreground query thread if the log files are near to wrapping around, idle flushing and shutdown flushing are now moved to this thread, leaving only the last resort sync flushing in foreground query threads. We’ve also added counters for these activities.
As page_cleaner is all about the flushing of dirty pages to disk it’ll do you a world of good if you can go through this post where I have explained different types of flushing that happen inside InnoDB and the conditions that trigger flushing. The page_cleaner thread is only concerned with flush_list flushing (this may change in future releases). So let us dig a bit deeper into why …[Read more]