Rather than using a strictly LRU algorithm, InnoDB uses a technique to minimize the amount of data that is brought into the buffer pool and never accessed again. The goal is to make sure that frequently accessed (“hot”) pages remain in the buffer pool, even as read-ahead and full table scans bring in new blocks that might or might not be accessed afterward.
Newly read blocks are inserted into the middle of the list
representing the buffer pool. of the LRU list. All newly read
pages are inserted at a location that by default is
3/8 from the tail of the LRU list. The pages
are moved to the front of the list (the most-recently used end)
when they are accessed in the buffer pool for the first time. Thus
pages that are never accessed never make it to the front portion
of the LRU list, and “age out” sooner than with a
strict LRU approach. This arrangement divides the LRU list into
two segments, where the pages downstream of the insertion point
are considered “old” and are desirable victims for
For an explanation of the inner workings of the InnoDB buffer pool
and the specifics of its LRU replacement algorithm, see
InnoDB Buffer Pool.
You can control the insertion point in the LRU list, and choose
whether InnoDB applies the same optimization to blocks brought
into the buffer pool by table or index scans. The configuration
controls the percentage of “old” blocks in the LRU
list. The default value of
37, corresponding to the original fixed ratio
of 3/8. The value range is
5 (new pages in the
buffer pool age out very quickly) to
5% of the buffer pool is reserved for hot pages, making the
algorithm close to the familiar LRU strategy).
The optimization that keeps the buffer pool from being churned by
read-ahead can avoid similar problems due to table or index scans.
In these scans, a data page is typically accessed a few times in
quick succession and is never touched again. The configuration
specifies the time window (in milliseconds) after the first access
to a page during which it can be accessed without being moved to
the front (most-recently used end) of the LRU list. The default
0, corresponding to the original behavior of
moving a page to the most-recently used end of the buffer pool
list when it is first accessed in the buffer pool. Increasing this
value makes more and more blocks likely to age out faster from the
dynamic, global and can be specified in the MySQL option file
changed at runtime with the
SET GLOBAL command.
Changing the setting requires the
To help you gauge the effect of setting these parameters, the
SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS command reports
additional statistics. The
BUFFER POOL AND
MEMORY section looks like:
Total memory allocated 1107296256; in additional pool allocated 0 Dictionary memory allocated 80360 Buffer pool size 65535 Free buffers 0 Database pages 63920 Old database pages 23600 Modified db pages 34969 Pending reads 32 Pending writes: LRU 0, flush list 0, single page 0 Pages made young 414946, not young 2930673 1274.75 youngs/s, 16521.90 non-youngs/s Pages read 486005, created 3178, written 160585 2132.37 reads/s, 3.40 creates/s, 323.74 writes/s Buffer pool hit rate 950 / 1000, young-making rate 30 / 1000 not 392 / 1000 Pages read ahead 1510.10/s, evicted without access 0.00/s LRU len: 63920, unzip_LRU len: 0 I/O sum:cur, unzip sum:cur
Old database pages is the number of pages
in the “old” segment of the LRU list.
Pages made young and
young is the total number of “old”
pages that have been made young or not respectively.
is the rate at which page accesses to the “old”
pages have resulted in making such pages young or otherwise
respectively since the last invocation of the command.
young-making rate and
not provides the same rate but in terms of
overall buffer pool accesses instead of accesses just to the
Per second averages provided in
Monitor output are based on the elapsed time between the current
time and the last time
InnoDB Monitor output
Because the effects of these parameters can vary widely based on your hardware configuration, your data, and the details of your workload, always benchmark to verify the effectiveness before changing these settings in any performance-critical or production environment.
In mixed workloads where most of the activity is OLTP type with
periodic batch reporting queries which result in large scans,
setting the value of
during the batch runs can help keep the working set of the normal
workload in the buffer pool.
When scanning large tables that cannot fit entirely in the buffer
innodb_old_blocks_pct to a
small value keeps the data that is only read once from consuming a
significant portion of the buffer pool. For example, setting
innodb_old_blocks_pct=5 restricts this data
that is only read once to 5% of the buffer pool.
When scanning small tables that do fit into memory, there is less
overhead for moving pages around within the buffer pool, so you
at its default value, or even higher, such as
The effect of the
parameter is harder to predict than the
parameter, is relatively small, and varies more with the workload.
To arrive at an optimal value, conduct your own benchmarks if the
performance improvement from adjusting
For more information about the InnoDB buffer pool, see
InnoDB Buffer Pool.