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Test MySQL 8.0 right in your computer

MySQL 8.0 GA is right around the corner. I don't have precise information about its release, as I don't work at Oracle. If I did, I would probably know, but I couldn't tell when the release is scheduled to appear because of company policies. I can, however, speculate and infer, based of my experience with previous releases. My personal assessment is that the release will appear before 9:00am PT on April 24, 2018. The "before" can be anything from a few minutes to one week in advance.
Then, again, it may not happen at all if someone finds an atrocious bug that needs to be fixed asap.

Either way, users are keen on testing the new release in its current state of release candidate. Here I show a few methods that allow you to have a taste of the new …

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20-30% Performance Hit from the Spectre Bug Fix on Ubuntu

In this blog post, we’ll look at the performance hit from the Spectre bug fix on Ubuntu.

Recently we measured the performance penalty from the Meltdown fix on Ubuntu servers. It turned out to be negligible.

Today, Ubuntu made a Spectre bug fix on Ubuntu available, shipped in kernel 4.4.0-112. As with the Meltdown fix, we measured the effect of this update. Unfortunately, we observed a major performance penalty on MySQL workloads with this new kernel.

Our benchmark used the following:


  • CPU:
    • 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v3 @ 2.50GHz (Codename Haswell)
    • /proc/cpuinfo has 48 …
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Meltdown and Spectre: CPU Security Vulnerabilities

In this blog post, we examine the recent revelations about CPU security vulnerabilities.

The beginning of the new year also brings to light fresh and new CPU security vulnerabilities. Today’s big offenders originate on the hardware side – more specifically, the CPU. The reported hardware kernel bugs allow for direct access to data held in the computer/server’s memory, which in turn might leak sensitive data. Some of the most popular CPUs affected by these bugs are Intel, AMD and ARM.

The most important thing to know is that this vulnerability is not exploitable remotely, and requires that someone execute the malicious code locally. However, take extra precaution when running in virtualized environments (see below for more information).

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Hello dear readers and attendees,

This is the post that I will be/ will have been referencing during my presentation to the Seattle Central Community College’s Byte club on Thursday, December 10th at 1500-1630.

I will begin with a bit of an autobio and find out what kind of students we have in attendance. Please feel free to comment if you’d like to keep in touch before or after the presentation. I will discuss some of the bits and pieces of some industry standard platforms which I’ve developed, deployed, maintained, managed, co-operated, administered and replaced. We can discuss some of the patterns that work well in the industry, and some that are a bit harder to tame.

Once we have touched most of the areas of specialization represented at the meeting, I will dive in to an AngularJS demo I am developing in github here:

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MySQL-Docker operations. - Part 4: Sandboxes, virtual machines, containers.

Previous episodes:

We're going to explore the choices and the differences between various types of deployments. We will consider four use cases:

  1. [Friendly]: Testing an application on a server where a different version of the same application is already installed (examples: a Python app requiring many …
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MySQL-Docker operations. - Part 2: Customizing MySQL in Docker

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After seeing the basics of deploying a MySQL server in Docker, in this article we will lay the foundations to customising a node and eventually using more than one server, so that we can cover replication in the next one.
Enabling GTID: the dangerous approach.To enable GTID, you need to set five variables in the database server:

  • master-info-repository=table
  • relay-log-info-repository=table
  • enforce-gtid-consistency
  • gtid_mode=ON
  • log-bin=mysql-bin

For MySQL 5.6, you also need to set log-slave-updates, but we won't deal with such ancient versions here.
Using the method …

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MySQL-Docker operations. - Part 1: Getting started with MySQL in Docker

Docker is one of the fastest growing trends in IT. It allows fast deployment of services and applications on a Linux machine (and, with some limits, on other operating systems). Compared to other methods of deploying databases, such as virtual machines or application isolation, it offers faster operations and better performance.
Many people, surprised by the sudden advance of this technology, keep asking What is Docker? And why you should use it?
I will write soon an article with a deep comparison of the three methods (VM, container, sandbox), but for now, we should be satisfied with a few basic facts:

  • Docker is a Linux container. It deploys every application as a series of binary …
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Creating a Test Lab Using VirtualBox / NAT networking

My job is almost completely reliant upon my ability to perform work in lab of virtual machines. Almost every action plan I write is tested locally. When I need to troubleshoot an issue for a client one of the most common first steps I’ll perform is attempting to recreate the issue in a virtual environment so I can work on it there without the risk of impacting client data.

I believe that having a place to test and grow your skills is an absolute necessity for anyone working in the IT field today regardless of your specialization, even if you’re an IT generalist. But every now and then I hear about individuals who have issues with their virtual machines or with the virtual environment provided by their employer, so I figured this was a good time to share my method of creating a virtual lab. More specifically, one that allows you to do virtual work on a commodity laptop, one that won’t break down if you lose connectivity, one that …

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How to Deploy Galera Cluster for MySQL using Docker Containers

February 18, 2014 By Severalnines

Virtual Machines are great, and very useful when trying out new software. However, they might be an unnecessarily heavyweight solution when testing clusters, especially if these consist of multiple nodes running exactly the same software. Each VM runs a full-blown OS image. On the other hand, Linux Containers (LXC) are an efficient alternative to OS-level virtualization and can run multiple isolated systems on a single host. Docker is a wrapper around LXC, it automates the deployment of applications inside containers. 

A notable advantage if you run with Docker + LXC is you can run many containers on a single host. They all share the same OS as the host, and when possible, the same binaries. Deployment can be extremely fast. Using Docker could be a good method if you want to spin multiple Galera nodes within a single host. 

In this post, we will create MySQL Galera Cluster …

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Don't let Technophobia kill innovation

What? Me? technophobic? I have the latest iPhone, my office is jam packed with USB gadgets and my car is a Prius, how much more techno friendly can one get?

That is all fine, but looking beyond fun technologies that we play with just for fun, or natural, but cool and useful, evolutions come to most of us easily. But can you honestly say (I can't) that you always look at the promise of a new technology and never have never looked at it not from the point of view of the obvious new advantages, when the technology has developed into something useful, and instead just looked at it and judged this new technology only from it's first, shaky, implementation?

When I was in my early teens (which occurred around the time just after Mayflower had arrived in New England) my family moved into our first own house. My parents were running a restaurant at the time (they ran one or the other all through my childhood) and …

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