Rule of thumb for tuning:
The 20%/70% assumes you have at least 4GB of RAM. If you have a tiny antique, or a tiny VM, then those percentages are too high.
Now for the gory details.
MyISAM does two different things for caching.
SHOW GLOBAL STATUS LIKE 'Key%';
InnoDB does all its caching in a the buffer pool, whose size is controlled by innodb_buffer_pool_size. By default it contains 16KB data and index blocks from the open tables (see innodb_page_size), plus some maintenance overhead.
From MariaDB 5.5, multiple buffer pools are permitted; this can help because there is one mutex per pool, thereby relieving some of the mutex bottleneck.
This will set the main cache settings to the minimum; it could be important to systems with lots of other processes and/or RAM is 2GB or smaller.
Do SHOW TABLE STATUS for all the tables in all the databases.
Add up Index_length for all the MyISAM tables. Set key_buffer_size no larger than that size.
Add up Data_length + Index_length for all the InnoDB tables. Set innodb_buffer_pool_size to no more than 110% of that total.
If that leads to swapping, cut both settings back. Suggest cutting them down proportionately.
Run this to see the values for your system. (If you have a lot of tables, it can take minute(s).)
SELECT ENGINE, ROUND(SUM(data_length) /1024/1024, 1) AS "Data MB", ROUND(SUM(index_length)/1024/1024, 1) AS "Index MB", ROUND(SUM(data_length + index_length)/1024/1024, 1) AS "Total MB", COUNT(*) "Num Tables" FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE table_schema not in ("information_schema", "PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA", "SYS_SCHEMA", "ndbinfo") GROUP BY ENGINE;
There are two variables that dictates how memory are allocated by MariaDB while parsing and executing a query. query_prealloc_size defines the standard buffer for memory used for query execution and query_alloc_block_size that is size of memory blocks if
query_prealloc_size was not big enough. Getting these variables right will reduce memory fragmentation in the server.
MySQL was designed in the days of single-CPU machines, and designed to be easily ported to many different architectures. Unfortunately, that lead to some sloppiness in how to interlock actions. There are a small number (too small) of "mutexes" to gain access to several critical processes. Of note:
Short answers (for older versions of MySQL and MariaDB):
HyperThreading is great for marketing, lousy for performance. It involves having two processing units sharing a single hardware cache. If both units are doing the same thing, the cache will be reasonably useful. If the units are doing different things, they will be clobbering each other's cache entries.
Furthermore MySQL is not great on using multiple cores. So, if you turn off HT, the remaining cores run a little faster.
First, the OS (and the hardware?) may conspire to not let you use all 4GB, if that is what you have. If you have more than 4GB of RAM, the excess beyond 4GB is _totally_ inaccessable and unusable on a 32-bit OS.
Secondly, the OS probably has a limit on how much RAM it will allow any process to use.
Example: FreeBSD's maxdsiz, which defaults to 512MB.
$ ulimit -a ... max memory size (kbytes, -m) 524288
So, once you have determined how much RAM is available to mysqld, then apply the 20%/70%, but round down some.
If you get an error like
[ERROR] /usr/libexec/mysqld: Out of memory (Needed xxx bytes), it probably means that MySQL exceeded what the OS is willing to give it. Decrease the cache settings.
The OS is not limited by 4GB, but MariaDB is.
If you have at least 4GB of RAM, then maybe these would be good:
You should probably upgrade MariaDB to 64-bit.
InnoDB only: innodb_buffer_pool_size=0 = 70% of RAM. If you have lots of RAM and are using 5.5 (or later), then consider having multiple pools. Recommend 1-16 innodb_buffer_pool_instances, such that each one is no smaller than 1GB. (Sorry, no metric on how much this will help; probably not a lot.)
Meanwhile, set key_buffer_size = 20M (tiny, but non-zero)
If you have a mixture of engines, lower both numbers.
max_connections, thread_stack Each "thread" takes some amount of RAM. This used to be about 200KB; 100 threads would be 20MB, not a significant size. If you have max_connections = 1000, then you are talking about 200MB, maybe more. Having that many connections probably implies other issues that should be addressed.
Thread stack overrun rarely happens. If it does, do something like thread_stack=256K
(In older versions this was called table_cache)
The OS has some limit on the number of open files it will let a process have. Each table needs 1 to 3 open files. Each PARTITION is effectively a table. Most operations on a partitioned table open _all_ partitions.
In *nix, ulimit tells you what the file limit is. The maximum value is in the tens of thousands, but sometimes it is set to only 1024. This limits you to about 300 tables. More discussion on ulimit
(This paragraph is in disputed.) On the other side, the table cache is (was) inefficiently implemented -- lookups were done with a linear scan. Hence, setting table_cache in the thousands could actually slow down mysql. (Benchmarks have shown this.)
You can see how well your system is performing via SHOW GLOBAL STATUS; and computing the opens/second via Opened_files / Uptime If this is more than, say, 5, table_open_cache should be increased. If it is less than, say, 1, you might get improvement by decreasing table_open_cache.
The Query Cache (QC) is effectively a hash mapping SELECT statements to resultsets.
Long answer... There are many aspects of the "Query cache"; many are negative.
"Pruning" is costly and frequent:
If you decide the QC is right for you, then I recommend
It is not necessary to tune thread_cache_size from MariaDB 10.2.0. Previously, it was minor tunable variable. Zero will slow down thread (connection) creation. A small (say, 10), non-zero number is good. The setting has essentially no impact on RAM usage.
It is the number of extra processes to hang onto. It does not restrict the number of threads; max_connections does.
If you have turned on binary logging (via log_bin) for replication and/or point-in-time recovery, the system will create binary logs forever. That is, they can slowly fill up the disk. Suggest setting expire_logs_days = 14 to keep only 14 days' worth of logs.
RHEL, in its infinite wisdom, decided to let you control how aggressively the OS will preemptively swap RAM. This is good in general, but lousy for MariaDB.
MariaDB would love for RAM allocations to be reasonably stable -- the caches are (mostly) pre-allocated; the threads, etc, are (mostly) of limited scope. ANY swapping is likely to severely hurt performance of MariaDB.
With a high value for swappiness, you lose some RAM because the OS is trying to keep a lot of space free for future allocations (that MySQL is not likely to need).
With swappiness = 0, the OS will probably crash rather than swap. I would rather have MariaDB limping than die. The latest recommendation is swappiness = 1. (2015)
Somewhere in between (say, 5?) might be a good value for a MariaDB-only server.
OK, it's time to complicate the architecture of how a CPU talks to RAM. NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) enters the picture. Each CPU (or maybe socket with several cores) has a part of the RAM hanging off each. This leads to memory access being faster for local RAM, but slower (tens of cycles slower) for RAM hanging off other CPUs.
Then the OS enters the picture. In at least one case (RHEL?), two things seem to be done:
Now for the problem.
dmesg | grep -i numa # to see if you have numa
Probable solution: Configure the BIOS to "interleave" the RAM allocations. This should prevent the premature swapping, at the cost of off-CPU RAM accesses half the time. Well, you have the costly accesses anyway, since you really want to use all of RAM. Older MySQL versions: numactl --interleave=all. Or: innodb_numa_interleave=1
Another possible solution: Turn numa off (if the OS has a way of doing that)
Overall performance loss/gain: A few percent.
This is another hardware performance gimmick.
For a CPU to access RAM, especially mapping a 64-bit address to somewhere in, say, 128GB or 'real' RAM, the TLB is used. (TLB = Translation Lookup Buffer.) Think of the TLB as a hardware associative memory lookup table; given a 64-bit virtual address, what is the real address.
Because it is an associative memory of finite size, sometimes there will be "misses" that require reaching into real RAM to resolve the lookup. This is costly, so should be avoided.
Normally, RAM is 'paged' in 4KB pieces; the TLB actually maps the top (64-12) bits into a specific page. Then the bottom 12 bits of the virtual address are carried over intact.
For example, 128GB of RAM broken 4KB pages means 32M page-table entries. This is a lot, and probably far exceeds the capacity of the TLB. So, enter the "Huge page" trick.
With the help of both the hardware and the OS, it is possible to have some of RAM in huge pages, of say 4MB (instead of 4KB). This leads to far fewer TLB entries, but it means the unit of paging is 4MB for such parts of RAM. Hence, huge pages tend to be non-pagable.
Now RAM is broken into pagable and non pagable parts; what parts can reasonably be non pagable? In MariaDB, the Innodb Buffer Pool is a perfect candidate. So, by correctly configuring these, InnoDB can run a little faster:
That thread has more details on what to look for and what to set.
Overall performance gain: A few percent. Yawn. Too much hassle for too little benefit.
Jumbo Pages? Turn off.
The Memory Storage Engine is a little-used alternative to MyISAM and InnoDB. The data is not persistent, so it has limited uses. The size of a MEMORY table is limited to max_heap_table_size, which defaults to 16MB. I mention it in case you have changed the value to something huge; this would stealing from other possible uses of RAM.
In the text file my.cnf (my.ini on Windows), add or modify a line to say something like
That is, VARIABLE name, "=", and a value. Some abbreviations are allowed, such as M for million (1048576), G for billion.
For the server to see it, the settings must be in the "[mysqld]" section of the file.
The settings in my.cnf or my.ini will not take effect until you restart the server.
Most settings can be changed on the live system by connecting as user root (or other user with SUPER privilege) and doing something like
SET @@global.key_buffer_size = 77000000;
Note: No M or G suffix is allowed here.
To see the setting a global VARIABLE do something like
SHOW GLOBAL VARIABLES LIKE "key_buffer_size"; +-----------------+----------+ | Variable_name | Value | +-----------------+----------+ | key_buffer_size | 76996608 | +-----------------+----------+
Note that this particular setting was rounded down to some multiple that MariaDB liked.
You may want to do both (SET, and modify my.cnf) in order to make the change immediately and have it so that the next restart (for whatever reason) will again get the value.
A web server like Apache runs multiple threads. If each thread opens a connection to MariaDB, you could run out of connections. Make sure MaxClients (or equivalent) is set to some civilized number (under 50).
There are several tools that advise on memory. One misleading entry they come up with
Maximum possible memory usage: 31.3G (266% of installed RAM)
Don't let it scare you -- the formulas used are excessively conservative. They assume all of max_connections are in use and active, and doing something memory-intensive.
Total fragmented tables: 23 This implies that OPTIMIZE TABLE _might_ help. I suggest it for tables with either a high percentage of "free space" (see SHOW TABLE STATUS) or where you know you do a lot of DELETEs and/or UPDATEs. Still, don't bother to OPTIMIZE too often. Once a month might suffice.
5.7 stores a lot more information in RAM, leading to the footprint being perhaps half a GB more than 5.6. See Memory increase in 5.7.
Created 2010; Refreshed Oct, 2012, Jan, 2014
The tips in this document apply to MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona.
Rick James graciously allowed us to use this article in the Knowledge Base.
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