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Replication features of 2011 by Sergey Petrunia

Sergey Petrunia of the MariaDB project & Monty Program.

MySQL 5.5 GA at the end of 2010. MariaDB 5.3 RC towards the end of 2011 (beta in June 2011).

MySQL 5.5 is merged to Percona Server 5.5 which included semi-sync replication, slave fsync options, atuomatic relay log recovery, RBR slave type conversions (question if this is useful or not), individual log flushing (very useful, but not many using), replication heartbeat, SHOW RELAYLOG EVENTS. About 2/3rds of the audience use MySQL 5.5 in production, with only 2 people using semi-sync replication.

MariaDB 5.3 brings replication features brings group commit in the binary log, which is merged into Percona Server 5.5. Checksums for binlog events which is merged from MySQL 5.6. Sergey goes in-depth about the group commit for the binary log. To find out a little more about MariaDB replication changes, see Replication in the Knowledgebase.

There are several implementations of group commit. Facebook started it, followed by MariaDB & Oracle. Percona 5.5 is GA so the feature is there, its not in MySQL 5.6 (yet?), and MariaDB 5.3 is where its at. Seems like the MariaDB implementation is the best so far – refer to the Facebook benchmark performed by Mark Callaghan.

Annotated RBR poses a compatibility problem. MariaDB 5.3 has annotate_rows, while MySQL 5.6 has rows_query event. They are different events. So you cannot have a MariaDB 5.3 master and a MySQL 5.6 slave at this moment. So MySQL 5.6 will have a flag to mark “ignorable” binlog events which will be merged into MariaDB and this will make binary logs compatible again.

There is now also optimized RBR for tables with no primary key.

MySQL 5.6 also has crash-safe slave (replication information stored in tables). Crash-safe master (binary log recovery if the server starts & sees the binary log is corrupted). Parallel event execution is something that is new in MySQL 5.6 which is the most important feature for Sergey.

Pre-heating: There is mk-slave-prefetch (famous quote: “Please don’t use mk-slave-prefetch on #MySQL unless you are Facebook.”). There is replication booster by Yoshinori Matsunobu. There is a Python version of mk-slave-prefetch that Facebook uses.

MariaDB 5.3 query optimizer by Sergey Petrunia

Sergey Petrunia of the MariaDB project.

What exactly is not working in MySQL? MySQL is poor at decision support/analytics. With large datasets you need special disk access strategies. Complex queries like insufficient subquery support and big joins are common int he MySQL world.

DBT-3 is used, scale=30, with a 75GB database and run a query “average price of item between a range of dates”. Query time took some 45 minutes to execute. Why? Run iostat -x to see what is going on. See that the CPU is mostly idle, so its an IO-bound load. Next you run SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS and you’ll see how many reads per second is happening. Possible solution is to get more RAM or get an SSD (good to speedup OLTP workloads, but analytics over data is probably not viable since SSDs are small and not cheap).

The MySQL/MariaDB solution to the above problem is improved disk access strategies: multi-range read (MRR) and batched key access (BKA). In MariaDB, MRR/BKA need to be enabled (they are not turned on by default). The query time only took 3 minutes 48 seconds, which is some 11.8x faster than the previous 45 minutes.If you look at EXPLAIN output, its almost as same as before, expect the Extra filed. iostat -x will now show some CPU load, svctm down as well (so its not random disk seeks anymore — some 8ms seek time on a regular 7,200rpm disk), SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS will show some 10,000 reads per second rather than the previous 200.

If you are on Fedora, check out the Systemtap feature to look at I/O patterns. stap deviceseeks.stp -c “sleep 60”.

Subqueries handling in MariaDB 5.3: check out the Subquery Optimizations Map. Only about 10% of the audience use optimizer hints in MySQL.


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