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Sysbench evaluation of RonDB



Sysbench is a tool to benchmark to test open source databases. We have integrated Sysbench into the RonDB installation. This makes it extremely easy to run benchmarks with RonDB. This paper will describe the use of these benchmarks in RonDB. These benchmarks were executed with 1 cluster connection per MySQL Server. This limited the scalability per MySQL Server to about 12 VCPUs. Since we executed those benchmarks we have increased the number of cluster connections per MySQL Server to 4 providing scalability to at least 32 VCPUs per MySQL Server.

As preparation to run those benchmarks we have created a RonDB cluster using the Hopsworks framework that is currently used to create …

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Settingup DBT-2

DBT-2 is a TPC-C like OLTP benchmark, and very popular amongst many MySQL users. It is used by MySQL QA team to test the stability and performance before release. However, steps to setup DBT-2 is a little bit messy, and its README files include some dummy information. So I introduce you these steps below:

1. Download it!

You can download the source code from here:

2. Required packages

The following perl packages are required to build DBT-2. Unfortunately, configure script doesn't complain even if they are missing. Install them using, e.g. CPAN.

shell> sudo cpan Statistics::Descriptive
shell> sudo cpan Test::Parser
shell> sudo cpan Test::Reporter

If you want to make a graph from the output, you have to install gnuplot in advance. e.g. Ubuntu …

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Improving PBXT DBT2 Performance

DBT2, with over 40% conflicts, is an very challenging benchmark, especially for an MVCC based engine. And, as a result, it is not a test that an engine is automatically good at. InnoDB has been extensively optimized for DBT2, and it shows.

For the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to focus on PBXT DBT2 performance for the first time. I started with a memory bound DBT2 test and the current state of this work is illustrated below.

These results were achieved using MySQL 5.1.30 on an 8 core, 64-bit, Linux machine with an SSD drive and a 5 warehouse DBT2 database.

The dip off at 32 threads is left as an exercise for the reader :) Patches will be excepted!

So what were the major changes that lead to this improvement?

Don't Wait Too Long!

When I began the optimizations, PBXT …

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New DBT2 version uploaded with more documentation of new scripts

I have had a number of request for help on how to use the DBT2
tree I'm maintaining on There is an extensive
set of scripts used to make it very easy to run DBT2 runs and
to start and stop cluster nodes and MySQL Servers. I personally
use it also to start MySQL Servers and clusters also when not
using DBT2.

However these scripts haven't had an overall description yet
although each component is very thoroughly documented by
using --help on the scripts (I tend to document very
heavily these things since I otherwise forget it myself).

Now I added a new README file README-ICLAUSTRON which
explains which scripts are used and their relation
and which configuration files to set-up and a
pointer to example configuration files.

Hopefully this will make it easier to use DBT2,
particularly DBT2 for MySQL Cluster. …

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Linear Scalability of MySQL Cluster using DBT2

To achieve linear scalability of MySQL Cluster using the DBT2
benchmark has been a goal of mine for a long time now. Last
week I finally found the last issue that limited the scalability.
As usual when you discovered the issue it was trivial (in this
case it was fixed by inserting 3 0's in the NDB handler code).

We can now achieve ~41k TPM on a 2-node cluster, ~81k on a
4-node cluster and ~159k TPM on a 8-node cluster giving roughly
97% improved performance by doubling number of nodes. So there
is nothing limiting us now from achieving all the way up to
1M TPM except lack of hardware :)

I've learned a lot about what affects scalability and what
affects performance of MySQL Cluster by performing those
experiments and I'll continue writing up those experiences on
my blog here. I have also uploaded a new DBT2 version where I
added a lot of …

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1: Making MySQL Cluster scale perfectly in the DBT2 benchmark: Initial discussion

Since 2006 H1 I've been working on benchmarking MySQL
Cluster using the DBT2 test suite. Initially this meant
a fair amount of work on the test suite itself and also
a set of scripts to start and stop NDB data nodes, MySQL
Servers and all the other processes of the DBT2 test.
(These scripts and the DBT2 tests I'm using is available
for download at

Initially I worked with an early version of MySQL Cluster
based on version 5.1 and this meant that I hit a number
of the performance bugs that had appeared there in the
development process. Nowadays the stability is really good
so in the most case I've spent my time focusing on what
is required to use in the operating system and the
benchmark application for optimum scalability.

Early on I discovered some basic features …

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PBXT & DBT2: Dubugging C/C++ 101

Yesterday I starting testing PBXT using the DBT2 benchmark. Following the implementation of durability and SELECT FOR UPDATE for the engine I was more interested in the benchmark as a test for stability and concurrency than performance. I was not disappointed...

Which bug first?

Well I immediately ran into 3 bugs. Isn't it funny how bugs often come in batches, which leaves you thinking: "Oh sh.. where do I start?". Here's my advice: start with the bug that is most likely to disappear if you fix the others!

A simple example, you have 2 bugs: an unexpected exception is occurring, and you're loosing memory. First look for the memory loss, because it may disappear when you fix the exception (because you may be loosing memory in the error handler).

Take things one problem at time:

Another thing: once you have decided for one of the bugs, stick with it (no matter how hard it gets) …

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