Bug #25567 records() call performs scan in NDB, performance bug
Submitted: 12 Jan 2007 1:19 Modified: 25 Jan 2007 5:22
Reporter: Mikael Ronström Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Cluster: Cluster (NDB) storage engine Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:5.1.15 OS:
Assigned to: Stewart Smith CPU Architecture:Any

[12 Jan 2007 1:19] Mikael Ronström
The function records() in the NDB handler is using the method
ndb_get_table_statistics(...) to retrieve the number of records.
This function is called once for each table in a SELECT statement.
This is a very high overhead on queries to perform a scan operation
per table per SELECT statement and should obviously be avoided.

How to repeat:
Run a normal select by primary key
Check statistics in cluster log and note that it adds
also to table scan counter

Suggested fix:
Read local info in handler object, this is initialised when handler object was opened.
Probably some more intelligent handling would be good.
[15 Jan 2007 2:24] Tomas Ulin
Unfortunately the MySQL server internally used the same table statistics to optimize the "select count(*)" command.

As many users choose to use "select count(*)" as a "test" for engine speed, we chose early on to update the internal "records" field with the accurate count of records, to avoid a full table scan on "select count(*)".

At the same time (because of performance issues, i.e. "records" is updated via an optimizer call before optimizing each query), we provided an option to remove this behavior --ndb-use-exact-count.

Note. the scan performed to retrieve the statistics, is not a "full table" scan, mearly retieving a count from each fragment of the table (which is done in parallell) from all fragments.  The relative cost for this is very high for a simple PK lookup, but for a more complex join, this relative cost is low.

[15 Jan 2007 23:59] Stewart Smith
first run of patch

Attachment: ndb_records.patch (text/x-patch), 448 bytes.

[15 Jan 2007 23:59] Stewart Smith
i think this patch sholud be okay, going to test a bit more before saying "yes" but mysql-test-run is okay with it... just have to run with debug trace to make sure we're doing exactly the right thing...
[16 Jan 2007 0:38] Stewart Smith
the patch breaks things, don't use (namely count(*))

looks like i've found the real problem though.... problem in sql_select.cc
[16 Jan 2007 1:12] Stewart Smith
2nd patch, works.

Attachment: ndb_records.patch (text/x-patch), 461 bytes.

[23 Jan 2007 13:27] Bugs System
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ChangeSet@1.2398, 2007-01-24 00:27:19+11:00, stewart@willster.(none) +3 -0
  Bug#25567 records() call performs scan in NDB, performance bug
[23 Jan 2007 14:23] Stewart Smith
final patch approved by tomas, pushed to 5.1-ndb
[24 Jan 2007 2:08] Tomas Ulin
pushed to 5.1.15
[25 Jan 2007 5:22] Jon Stephens
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