Here comes the next open source mysqlnd plugin prototype: PECL/mysqlnd_mux. The PHP mysqlnd connection multiplexing plugin shares a connection to MySQL between multiple user connection handles. Connection multiplexing aims to reduce connect time and lowers the total number of concurrenly opened connections. The first is primarily a benefit for the client, the latter is great for the server. Multiplexing may be most desired in environments with many short-lived connections and weak client-side pooling - such as a PHP web application.