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Fun with Bugs #47 - On Some Bugs Found Using oprofile

Users had to identify the reasons for MySQL performance problems somehow well before famous Performance Schema appeared in MySQL 5.5.3, and even before Domas invented his Poor Man's Profiler. Poor users had to use some OS-level tools, and among these tools the most important one was, probably, oprofile.

oprofile is a system-wide statistical profiling tool for Linux available since 2001 and 2.4.x kernels. It was applied to MySQL for many …

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Looking deeper into InnoDB’s problem with many row versions

A few days ago I wrote about MySQL performance implications of InnoDB isolation modes and I touched briefly upon the bizarre performance regression I found with InnoDB handling a large amount of versions for a single row. Today I wanted to look a bit deeper into the problem, which I also filed as a bug.

First I validated in which conditions the problem happens. It seems to happen only in REPEATABLE-READ isolation mode and only in case there is some hot rows which get many row versions during a benchmark run. For example the problem does NOT happen if I run sysbench with “uniform” distribution.

In terms of concurrent selects it also seems to require some very special conditions – you need to have the connection to let some …

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Compiling & Debugging MariaDB(and MySQL) in Eclipse from scratch - Part 5: "Profiling in Eclipse with OProfile"

Section 6: "Profile a real case" 6.1 INTRODUCTION

Profiling & Debugging is an argument that would require an entire book, the aim of this(and the others) posts of this series is to give you the basic knowledge on how to work with these tools and techniques withing Eclipse. For instance if you want to learn to profile with OProfile you should study on the abundant and separate resources, you may start from:


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Optimizing MySQL Performance: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job

Next Wednesday, I will present a webinar about MySQL performance profiling tools that every MySQL DBA should know.

Application performance is a key aspect of ensuring a good experience for your end users. But finding and fixing performance bottlenecks is difficult in the complex systems that define today’s web applications. Having a method and knowing how to use the tools available can significantly reduce the amount of time between problems manifesting and fixes being deployed.

In the webinar, titled “Optimizing MySQL Performance: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job,” we’ll start with the basic top, iostat, and vmstat then move onto advanced tools like GDB, Oprofile, and Strace.

I’m looking forward to this webinar and invite you to join us April 16th at 10 a.m. Pacific time. You can learn more and also  …

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Where does HandlerSocket really save you time?

HandlerSocket has really generated a lot of interest because of the dual promises of ease-of-use and blazing-fast performance. The performance comes from eliminating CPU consumption. Akira Higuchi’s HandlerSocket presentation from a couple of months back had some really good profile results for libmysql versus libhsclient (starting at slide 15). Somebody in the audience at Percona Live asked about the profile results when using prepared statements and I’m just getting around to publishing the numbers now; I’ll reproduce the original numbers here, for reference:

libmysql (Akira’s Numbers)
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On binaries and -fomit-frame-pointer

Over last few years 64-bit x86 platform has became ubiquitous, thus making stupid memory limitations a thing of some forgotten past. 64-bit processors made internal memory structures bigger, but compensated that with twice the amount and twice larger registers.

But there’s one thing that definitely got worse – gcc, the compiler, has a change in default compilation options – it omits frame pointers from binaries in x86_64 architecture. People have advocated against that back in 1997 because of very simple reasons, that are still very much existing today too – frame pointers are needed for efficient stack trace calculations, and stack traces are very very useful, sometimes.

So, this change means that oprofile is not able to give hierarchical profiles, it also means that MySQL crash information will not include most useful bit – …

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Slides for my lightning talks at Open Source Days 2008

In case anyone is interested in a copy of my slides for the two lightning talks I gave at the Open Source Days 2008 conference, I have made them available here:

  • "Optimizing Large Databases Using InnoDB Clustered Indexes:" HTML and PDF.
  • "Profiling with OProfile and Intel Core 2 performance counters:" HTML and PDF.

I waqs quite pleased with the benchmark that I prepared for the InnoDB mini-talk, where I measure the performance …

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