Multi Range Read (MRR) in MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 5.5

I have written a second blog post in the series of blog posts leading up to the talk comparing the optimizer enhancements in MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 5.5. This blog post is aimed at the optimizer enhancement Multi Range Read (MRR). Its available in both MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 5.5

March 21, 2012   Views: 6,636   1 Comment

Index Condition Pushdown in MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 5.5 and its performance impact

I have been working with Peter in preparation for the talk comparing the optimizer enhancements in MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 5.5. We are taking a look at and benchmarking optimizer enhancements one by one. So in the same way this blog post is aimed at a new optimizer enhancement Index Condition Pushdown (ICP). Its available in both MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 5.5

March 13, 2012   Views: 7,761   1 Comment

Profiling your slow queries using pt-query-digest and some love from Percona Server

This guide will get you up and running with how to identify the bottleneck queries using the excellent tool pt-query-digest. You will learn how to use and analyze the output returned by pt-query-digest. You will also learn some differences between slow query logging in various MySQL versions. Later on in the post I will also show you how to make use of the extra diagnostic data available with Percona Server.

December 28, 2011   Views: 21,787   8 Comments

EC2 firewall and security groups

EC2 includes a security feature that allows you to define groups with a set of firewall rules to restrict access. These groups are called security groups. This post deals with understanding how the security groups work and how to use them to restrict access based on IP as well as roles.

December 27, 2011   Views: 9,160   3 Comments

Slides of my talk on B+Tree Indexes and InnoDB

The slides of my talk on B+Tree Indexes and InnoDB are now available for download. This slide was presented during Percona Live London 2011. You can download the slides from here.
There are many other interesting and informative talks that were presented during Percona Live London 2011, and I think you should definitely check them out, if you haven’t. They are available here.

December 18, 2011   Views: 7,721   1 Comment

When EXPLAIN estimates can go wrong!

This is the title of my first blog post on MySQL Performance Blog. It deals with a customer case where the customer was facing a peculiar problem where the rows column in the EXPLAIN output of the query was totally off. The actual number of rows was 18 times more than the number of rows reported by MySQL in the output of EXPLAIN. Now this can be a real pain as MySQL uses “the number of rows” estimation to pick and choose indexes and it could really be picking up a wrong index simply because of the wrong estimate. You…

October 17, 2011   Views: 7,137   1 Comment

Understanding B+tree Indexes and how they Impact Performance

Indexes are a very important part of databases and are used frequently to speed up access to particular data item or items. So before working with indexes, it is important to understand how indexes work behind the scene and what is the data structure that is used to store these indexes, because unless you understand the inner working of an index, you will never be able to fully harness its power.

July 14, 2011   Views: 33,819   7 Comments

Moving on to Percona

Yesterday was my last day at Express News. I have been working here for more than a year now and it has been a pretty good time. I had the opportunity to work with some great engineers and I am lucky that I have them as my friends.

July 10, 2011   Views: 4,976   2 Comments

On Covering Indexes and Their Impact on Performance

The purpose of this post is to describe what covering indexes are and how they can be used to improve the performance of queries. People mostly use indexes to filter or sort the results but not much thought is given to actually reduce the disk reads by using proper indexes. So I will show you how to reduce disk reads and hence improve the performance of queries by utilizing indexes properly.

July 4, 2011   Views: 9,813   2 Comments

MySQL: Using Views as Performance Improvement Tools

The most basic and most oft-repeated task that a DBA has to accomplish is to look at slow logs and filter out queries that are suboptimal, that consume lots of unnecessary resources and that hence slow down the database server. This post looks at why and how VIEWs can help against such suboptimal operations.

May 31, 2011   Views: 16,065   9 Comments

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