• Robert Hodges from Continuent presents
  • About Continuent
  • leading provider of open source database availability and scaling solutions
  • solutions
    • uni/cluster – multi-master database clustering that replicates data across multiple databases and load balances reads
    • uses "database virtualization"
  • scale-out design motivation
    • protection from db and site failures
    • continuous operation during upgrades
  • how come not everyone has it already?
  • creating identical replicas across different hosts is hard
    • Brewer's conjecture
  • trade-offs
    • DDL support
    • inconsistent reads between replicas
    • deadlocks
    • sequences
    • non-deterministic SQL
  • therefore many scale-out approaches are non-transparent
  • 3 basic scale-out technologies
    • data replication
    • where are updates processed? master/master vs master/slave
    • when are updates replicated? sync vs async
  • group communication – coordinates messages between distributed processes
    • Suicide
    • having no backups
    • depending on slaves for backup
    • keeping backups on same SAN
    • having a single DBA – Frank didn't like this one at all
    • not keeping binlogs
  • Restoring from backup
    • how much time?
    • uncompressed backup ready to mount?
    • separate network for recovery?
  • In Fotolog, 1TB of data was severely hit.
    • first problem: backup was highly compressed (tar.gz)
    • uncompressing took hours
    • so keep uncompressed backups (at least last N days)
    • it should be mountable, rather than transferable
  • Frank going over recovery modes at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/forcing-recovery.html
  • Row by row recovery
    • row by row recovery (get the range of ids)
    • custom scripts
    • may not be able to use primary key
    • foreign key based retrieval faster
    • lose 4 seconds for each crashed record
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    MySQL Conference: Presentation At The Kickfire Booth

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on April 15th, 2008 in Databases

    Updated: April 17th, 2008

    I had a chance to visit the Kickfire booth after the keynotes and before the first presentation. They gave me a kicking t-shirt, followed by a presentation on the newly announced Kickfire appliance (now in beta, shipping in Fall 2008). Here are some notes I jotted down:

    • von Neumann bottleneck
    • SQL chip (SQC), packs the power of 10s of conventional CPUs
    • Query parallelization on the chip
    • On-chip memory – 64GB. No registers – no von Neumann bottleneck
    • Beats the performance of a given 3 server, 32 CPU, 130TB box (1TB of actual data – space is used for distributing IO)
    • SQC uses column-store, compression, intelligent indexing
    • SQL Chip, PCI connection, plugs into a Linux server
      • SQL execution
      • Memory management
      • Loader
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    MySQL Conference Liveblogging: EXPLAIN Demystified (Tuesday 2:00PM)

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on April 15th, 2008 in Databases

    • Baron Schwartz presents
    • only works for SELECTs
    • nobody dares admit if they've never seen EXPLAIN
    • MySQL actually executes the query
    • at each JOIN, instead of executing the query, it fills the EXPLAIN result set
    • everything is a JOIN (even SELECT 1)
    • Columns in EXPLAIN
    • id: which SELECT the row belongs to
    • select_type
    • simple
    • subquery
    • derived
    • union
    • union result
  • table: the table accessed or its alias
  • type:
    • join
    • range
  • possible_keys: which indexes looked useful to the optimizer
  • key: which index(es) the optimizer chose
  • key_len: the number of bytes of the index MySQL will use
  • ref: which columns/constants from preceding tables are used for lookups in the index named in the key column
  • rows: estimated number of rows to read
  • extra…

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    MySQL Conference Liveblogging: The Future Of MySQL (Tuesday 11:55AM)

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on April 15th, 2008 in Databases

    • Robin Schumacher
    • gives overview of MySQL products
    • MySQL Enterprise
    • MySQL 5.1 announced
      • table/index partitioning -> great for data warehouses, range, cache, key, list, composite, subpartitioning. Partition pruning. Response time greatly improved with proper partitioning.
      • row-based/hybrid replication -> safer and smarter
      • disk-based cluster -> supports bigger DBs
      • built-in job scheduler -> simplified task management
      • problem SQL identification -> easier troubleshooting. Dynamic query tracing is now available, no need to trace things in slow query logs.
      • faster full-text search -> 500% increase in some cases
      • 5.1.24RC available for the conference
    • MySQL 6.0
      • Falcon engine – transactional engine
      • new backup (version 1.0) -> cross engine, non-blocking, to replace mysqldump
    • Falcon
      • planned default transactional storage engine. Q4 GA (general availability).
      • not InnoDB replacement
      • most
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    • Speaker: Mikael Ronstrom, PhD, the creator of the Cluster engine
    • Explains the cluster structure
    • Aspects of performance
      • Response times
      • Throughput
      • Low variation of response times
    • Improving performance
      • use low level API (NDB API), expensive, hard
      • use new features in MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition 6.3 (currently 6.3.13), more on this later
      • proper partitioning of tables, minimize communication
      • use of hardware
    • NDB API is a C++ record access API
      • supports sending parallel record operations within the same transaction or in different transactions
      • asynchronous and synchronous
      • NDB kernel is programmed entirely asynchronously
    • Looking at performance
      • Fire synchronous insert transactions – 10x TCP/IP time cost
      • Five inserts in one synchronous transaction – 2x TCP/IP time cost
      • Five asynchronous insert transactions – 2x TCP/IP
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    My MySQL Conference Schedule

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on April 13th, 2008 in Databases, Programming

    Were there too many "my"'s in that title? Anyway… this week's MySQL conference is promising to be really busy and exciting. I can't wait to finally be there and experience it in all its glory. Thanks to the O'Reilly personal conference planner and scheduler and the advice of my fellow conference goers, I was able to easily (not really) pick out the speeches I am most interested in attending.

    Here goes (my pass doesn't include Monday 🙁 ):


    8:30am Tuesday, 04/15/2008

    State of MySQL

    Keynote Ballroom E

    MÃ¥rten Mickos (MySQL)

    In his annual State of MySQL keynote, Marten discusses the current and future role of MySQL in the modern online world. The presentation also covers the …

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    Some Useful vim Commands – My vim Cheatsheet

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on April 9th, 2008 in Linux, My Favorites, Programming

    Updated: April 23rd, 2008

    [WORK IN PROGRESS] Here is a list of commands that I use every day with vim, in no particular order. Out of a billion possible key combinations, I found these to be irreplaceable and simple enough to remember.



      search for the word under cursor (to the end of the file)


      search for the word under cursor (to the top of the file)


      suggest (p)revious or (n)ext autocomplete from the list of existing keywords in the file or included files (!).

      :go NNN

      go to byte NNN


      redo last command


      search document for SEARCH TERM


      replace FOO with BAR (g)lobally, case (i)insensitively, and asking for (c)onfirmation

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    Updated: June 11th, 2015

    Why do I dread doing taxes every year? One of the main reason was having to figure out ways to import hundreds of transactions from my stock brokers: Scottrade and InteractiveBrokers. I love IB but come on, it's 2008 and they still don't provide .txf files to import into TurboTax (or TaxCut, but I use TurboTax myself). Scottrade, on the other hand, is directly importable through TurboTax but it only imports sale amounts and not purchases, so TurboTax thinks I got my stocks for free and wants to tax me on the full sale amount rather than the profits. That is, of course, very incorrect. Here are the best solutions I could find to these problems:

    1. Scottrade….

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    How To Add A File Extension To vim Syntax Highlighting

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on April 2nd, 2008 in Databases, Linux, Programming

    Updated: July 8th, 2009

    Today I was asked a question about defining custom extensions for vim syntax highlighting such that, for example, vim would know that example.lmx is actually of type xml and apply xml syntax highlighting to it. I know vim already automatically does it not just based on extension but by looking for certain strings inside the text, like <?xml but what if my file doesn't have such strings?


    After digging around I found the solution. Add the following to ~/.vimrc (the vim configuration file):

    syntax on
    filetype on
    au BufNewFile,BufRead *.lmx set filetype=xml

    After applying it, my .lmx file is highlighted:


    Same principle works, for instance, for mysql dumps …

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    Beer Planet Upgraded To WordPress 2.5

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 29th, 2008 in Beer Planet, Wordpress

    Updated: June 16th, 2008

    svn sw http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.5

    and Beer Planet is on 2.5. There were no problems with the upgrade itself or any of the plugins. Great work on the new clean interface and multi-file upload, WordPress!

    Info here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_2.5 (short) and http://wordpress.org/development/2008/03/wordpress-25-brecker/ (more detailed)…

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    Updated: May 23rd, 2009

    In this tutorial, I'll show you how to parse JSON using Perl. As a fun example, I'll use the new SouthParkStudios.com site released earlier this week, which contains full legal episodes of South Park. I guess the TV companies are finally getting a clue about what users want.

    I will parse the first season's JSON and pull out information about individual episodes (like title, description, air date, etc) from http://www.southparkstudios.com/includes/utils/proxy_feed.php?html=season_json.jhtml%3fseason=1. Feel free to replace '1' with any valid season number.

    Here's a short snippet of the JSON:


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    Getting The Most Out Of The MySQL Conference

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 26th, 2008 in Databases, Personal

    As half of the world population already knows, the MySQL conference is coming in less than 3 weeks. Since this event only happens once a year, lasts only 4 days, and costs more than a Russian mail-order bride, I'd really like to get the most out of it. Considering that the schedule is completely packed, with 8 (!!) events going on in parallel, I imagine things can get a little frantic. Additionally, I've never been to a conference of such size before and I'm not sure what to expect.

    So… I'm contemplating:

    • printing out the event schedule and drawing a zig-zagging "map" of exactly where I'll be jumping to next, once the previous presentation ends. I'm actually wondering
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    Setting Up A MySQL Cluster

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 26th, 2008 in Databases, Linux, Programming, Technology

    Updated: January 4th, 2009

    Attention: Apparently since the release of 5.1.25, cluster is packaged separately. I need to do some reading and research first and then update the tutorial with the latest info.

    Here are some quick links for now: http://blogs.mysql.com/kaj/2008/05/23/mysql-clusters-improved-release-model/, http://johanandersson.blogspot.com/2008/05/mysql-cluster-62-officially-released.html, http://blogs.sun.com/theaquarium/entry/improved_release_model_for_mysql.

    This article contains my notes and detailed instructions on setting up a MySQL cluster. After reading it, you should have a good understanding of what a MySQL cluster is capable of, how and why it works, and how to set one of these bad boys up. Note that I'm primarily a developer, with an interest in systems administration but I think that every developer should be able to understand and set up a MySQL cluster, at least to …

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    MySQL Conference 2008

    Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 24th, 2008 in Awesomeness, Databases, Linux, Personal, Programming, Technology

    Updated: March 26th, 2008

    April 14-17th is going to be an exciting time. Why? Because the 2008 MySQL Conference and Expo is going to be held in Santa Clara, CA. Who would want to miss out on a chance to lurk around, let alone talk to, some of the smartest people in the MySQL world? Well, those who don't have at least $1000+, of course. A 3 day pass to the conference without tutorials costs a whopping $1199. A full pass would dry up your pockets $1499.

    Well, "good news everyone". Thanks to Sheeri Cabral of The Pythian Group, PlanetMySQL.org, Jeremy, and, most importantly, LinuxQuestions.org, I am now in possession of a 3-day conference pass!! I'm incredibly excited that I …

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