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Percona Database Performance Blog Year in Review: Top Blog Posts

Let’s look at some of the most popular Percona Database Performance Blog posts in 2017.

The closing of a year lends itself to looking back. And making lists. With the Percona Database Performance Blog, Percona staff and leadership work hard to provide the open source community with insights, technical support, predictions and metrics around multiple open source database software technologies. We’ve had over three and a half million visits to the blog in 2017: thank you! We look forward to providing you with even better articles, news and information in 2018.

As 2017 moves into 2018, let’s take a quick look back at some of the most popular posts on the blog this year.

Top 10 Most Read

These posts had the most number of views (working down from the highest):

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Top Performance Metrics to Monitor on MySQL (Connections & Buffer Pool Usage)

As a DBA, your top priority is to keep your databases and dependent applications running smoothly at all times. To this end, your best weapon is judicious monitoring of key performance metrics. In a perfect world, you’d want to be up-to-date regarding every aspect of your database’s activity – i.e. how many events occurred, how big they were, precisely when they happened and how long they took.

There certainly is no shortage of tools that can monitor resource consumption, provide instantaneous status snapshots, and generate wait analysis and graphs. The challenge is that some metrics can be expensive to measure, and, perhaps even more importantly, they can require a lot of work to analyze.

The purpose of Part-2 of the blog series is to narrow down the field to those performance metrics that provide the most value for the effort as well as present some tangible ways to capture and study them. It is by tracking the most useful …

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Monyog MySQL Monitor v8.3.0: Introducing Trend Graph Analysis

Monyog MySQL Monitor v8.3.0 is a feature-rich release which adds a large number of user requests for quick access to relevant monitoring information, for ‘cross-plotting’ multiple servers in a unified chart and more.  Additionally, it adds a number of non-critical bug fixes.

Changes as compared to Monyog MySQL Monitor v8.2.0 include: Features:

Added option to set a distinct email distribution list for warning alerts and critical alerts. Trend Graph Analysis: Added option to group a single metric (which one you find most important) from different servers into one unified chart. This allows you to visually analyse a metric across servers at various points in time.

Choose the monitor group >> Click on the trend graph icon next to the metric as shown below.

Select the trend graph corresponding to the required metric

Monitor single metric across …

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Monitoring MySQL Problematic Queries

This blog describes how to identify queries that cause a sudden spike in system resources as well as the user and host who executed the culprit query using the Monyog MySQL Monitor and Advisor.

How many times have you seen a system go live and perform much worse than it did in testing? There could be several reasons behind bad performance. For instance, a slow running query in MySQL can be caused by a poor database design or may be due to higher-than-normal latency in network communication. Other issues such as using too few or too many indexes may also be a factor. This blog will identify the types of poorly performing queries and outline some concrete strategies for identifying them using monitoring. Finally, some tips for improving performance will be presented.

The Effects of Misbehaving Queries

Typically, misbehaving queries will result in two possible outcomes: high CPU usage and/or slow execution. The two …

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Monitoring MySQL Problematic Queries

This blog describes how to identify queries that cause a sudden spike in system resources as well as the user and host who executed the culprit query using the Monyog MySQL Monitor and Advisor.

How many times have you seen a system go live and perform much worse than it did in testing? There could be several reasons behind bad performance. For instance, a slow running query in MySQL can be caused by a poor database design or may be due to higher-than-normal latency in network communication. Other issues such as using too few or too many indexes may also be a factor. This blog will identify the types of poorly performing queries and outline some concrete strategies for identifying them using monitoring. Finally, some tips for improving performance will be presented.

The Effects of Misbehaving Queries

Typically, misbehaving queries will result in two possible outcomes: high CPU usage and/or slow execution. The two …

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Millions of Queries per Second: PostgreSQL and MySQL’s Peaceful Battle at Today’s Demanding Workloads

This blog compares how PostgreSQL and MySQL handle millions of queries per second.

Anastasia: Can open source databases cope with millions of queries per second? Many open source advocates would answer “yes.” However, assertions aren’t enough for well-grounded proof. That’s why in this blog post, we share the benchmark testing results from Alexander Korotkov (CEO of Development, Postgres Professional) and Sveta Smirnova (Principal Technical Services Engineer, Percona). The comparative research of PostgreSQL 9.6 and MySQL 5.7 performance will be especially valuable for environments with multiple databases.

The idea behind this research is to provide an honest comparison for the two popular RDBMSs. Sveta and Alexander wanted to test the most recent versions of both MySQL and PostgreSQL with the same tool, under the same challenging …

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Webinar April 7, 10am PDT – Introduction to Troubleshooting Performance: What Affects Query Execution?

Join us for our latest webinar on Thursday, April 7, at 10 am PDT (UTC-7) on Introduction to Troubleshooting Performance: What Affects Query Execution?

MySQL installations experience a multitude of issues: server hangs, wrong data stored in the database, slow running queries, stopped replications, poor user connections and many others. It’s often difficult not only to troubleshoot these issues, but to even know which tools to use.

Slow running queries, threads stacking for ages during peak times, application performance suddenly lagging: these are some of the things on a long list of possible database performance issues. How can you figure out why your MySQL installation isn’t …

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Database Performance Webinar: Tired of MySQL Making You Wait?

Too often developers and DBAs struggle to pinpoint the root cause of MySQL database performance issues, and then spend too much time in trying to fix them. Wouldn’t it be great to bypass wasted guesswork and get right to the issue?

In our upcoming webinar Tired of MySQL Making You Wait? we’re going to help you discover how to significantly increase the performance of your applications and reduce database response time.

In this webinar, Principal Architect Alexander Rubin and Database Evangelist Janis Griffin will provide the key steps needed to identify, prioritize, and improve query performance.

They will discuss the following topics:

  • Wait time analytics using …
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Simplifying SQL Statements to Improve MySQL Performance

When it is not possible to eliminate an SQL statement to improve performance, it might be possible to simplify the statement. Consider the following questions:

  • Are all columns required?
  • Can a table join be removed?
  • Is a join or WHERE restriction necessary for additional SQL statements in a given function?

Column Improvement

An important requirement of simplification is to capture all SQL statements in order for a given executed function. Using a sampling process will not identify all possible improvements. Here is an example of a query simplification:

mysql> SELECT fid, val, val
    -> FROM table1
    -> WHERE fid = X;

This query returned 350,000 rows of data that was cached by the application server during system startup. For this query, …

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Caching SQL Results to Improve MySQL Performance

When it’s not possible to remove SQL statements that are unnecessary and the rate of change of common data is relatively low, caching SQL results can provide a significant performance boost to your application and enable additional scalability of your database server.

MySQL Caching

The MySQL query cache can provide a boost in performance for a high read environment and can be implemented without any additional application overhead. The following is an example using the profiling functionality to show the execution time and the individual complexity of a regular SQL statement and a subsequent cached query:

SET GLOBAL query_cache_size=1024*1024*16;
SET GLOBAL query_cache_type=1;
SET PROFILING=1;
SELECT name FROM firms WHERE id=727;
SELECT name FROM firms WHERE id=727;
SHOW PROFILES;

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