How Sun and MySQL are Driving MySQL Performance and Scalability

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MySQL has a history of scalability challenges on systems with more than 4 cores. Today most 2 socket systems fall into that category, and CPU core counts are continually increasing. This session outlines the steps Sun and MySQL have been taking to improve performance and scalability. The primary focus for this effort has been on Intel, AMD, and SPARC systems running the Linux and OpenSolaris operating systems. Scalability and performance will be examined on each of these platforms, along with examples of performance fixes and results.

An important question is how end users can get access to these improvements. We will discuss the new MySQL performance release, describe its features, and explain how to get hold of it. We will also suggest best practices for optimal performance. The performance implications of using other interesting Sun technologies like ZFS and Containers/Zones will also be discussed.

Allan Packer

Sun Microsystems

Allan Packer is a Principal Engineer working for the Performance Technologies engineering group at Sun Microsystems. He has developed tools used for performance and regression testing, acted as technical
lead for several published TPC benchmarks, and developed a training curriculum used by SunU. Allan has worked on issues related to server systems performance, sizing, availability, and resource management, and
currently leads the MySQL Performance and Scalability team at Sun. He has published articles in industry magazines, presented at international industry conferences, and his book “Configuring and Tuning Databases on the Solaris Platform” was published by Sun Press in December 2001.

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Mikael Ronstrom


Ph.D in Technical Information Systems.
Founder of MySQL Cluster technology.
Developer of MySQL Partitioning.
Currently working on MySQL Architecture.

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