The following list provides an overview of significant feature additions and changes made in MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0. For more detailed information about all feature changes and bugfixes made in MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0, see http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql-cluster/7.1/en/mysql-cluster-news-7-0.html.
Early development versions of MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0 were known as “MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4”, and the first four releases in this series were identified as MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.0 through 6.4.3. Any information relating to these MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.x releases appearing in this documentation apply to MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.
MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.4 is the fifth MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0 release; it is the successor to MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.3.
MySQL Cluster on Windows (alpha).
MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0 is available on an experimental
basis for Windows operating systems (for production use on
Windows, you should use MySQL Cluster NDB 7.1.3 or later).
Features and behavior comparable to those found on
platforms that are already supported—such as Linux
and Solaris—are planned for MySQL Cluster on
Windows. In MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0, you must build from
source (Windows binaries are available for MySQL Cluster
NDB 7.1 releases). To enable MySQL Cluster support on
Windows when building from source, you must configure the
build using the
For more information, see
Installing MySQL from Source on Windows.
Ability to add nodes and node groups online.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.0, it is possible to
add new node groups (and thus new data nodes) to a running
MySQL Cluster without shutting down and reloading the
cluster. As part of enabling this feature, a new command
CREATE NODEGROUP has been added to the
cluster management client and the functionality of the
TABLE ... REORGANIZE PARTITION SQL statement has
been extended. For more information, see
Section 7.13, “Adding MySQL Cluster Data Nodes Online”.
Data node multi-threading support.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.0, a multi-threaded
version of the data node daemon, named
ndbmtd, is available for use on data
node hosts with multiple CPU cores. This binary is built
automatically when compiling with MySQL Cluster support;
no additional options other than those needed to provide
MySQL Cluster support are needed when configuring the
build. In most respects, ndbmtd
functions in the same way as ndbd, and
can use the same command-line options and configuration
parameters. In addition, the new
configuration parameter can be used to determine the
number of data node process threads for
ndbmtd. For more information, see
Section 6.3, “ndbmtd — The MySQL Cluster Data Node Daemon (Multi-Threaded)”.
Disk Data tables are not yet supported for use with ndbmtd.
Formerly, MySQL Cluster configuration was
stateless—that is, configuration information was
reloaded from the cluster's global configuration file
config.ini) each time
ndb_mgmd was started. Beginning with
MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.0, the cluster's configuration
is cached internally, and the global configuration file is
no longer automatically re-read when the management server
is restarted. This behavior can be controlled using the
management server options
In MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.15 and later, the configuration
cache can be disabled using the
--config-cache option. For more
information about these changes, see
Section 5.2, “MySQL Cluster Configuration Files”. For more
information about the new management server options, see
Section 6.4, “ndb_mgmd — The MySQL Cluster Management Server Daemon”.
Detection of NDB API client connection errors.
In MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0 (6.4.0 and later releases), the
class adds the
methods for catching and diagnosing problems with NDB API
Snapshot options for backups.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.0, you can determine
when performing a cluster backup whether the backup
matches the state of the data when the backup was started
or when it was completed, using the new options
SNAPSHOTEND for the management
START BACKUP command. See
Section 7.3.2, “Using The MySQL Cluster Management Client to Create a Backup”,
for more information.
Dynamic NDB transporter send buffer memory allocation.
Previously, the NDB kernel used a fixed-size send buffer
for every data node in the cluster, which was allocated
when the node started. Because the size of this buffer
could not be changed after the cluster was started, it was
necessary to make it large enough in advance to
accommodate the maximum possible load on any transporter
socket. However, this was an inefficient use of memory,
since much of it often went unused. Beginning with MySQL
Cluster NDB 6.4.0, send buffer memory is allocated
dynamically from a memory pool shared between all
transporters, which means that the size of the send buffer
can be adjusted as necessary. This change is reflected by
the addition of the configuration parameters
OverLoadLimit, as well as a change
in how the existing
configuration parameter is used. For more information, see
Section 5.2.13, “Configuring MySQL Cluster Send Buffer Parameters”.
Robust DDL operations.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.0, DDL operations
CREATE TABLE or
ALTER TABLE) are protected
from data node failures; in the event of a data node
failure, such operations are now rolled back gracefully.
Previously, if a data node failed while trying to perform
a DDL operation, the MySQL Cluster data dictionary became
locked and no further DDL statements could be executed
without restarting the cluster.
IPv6 support in MySQL Cluster Replication. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.1, IPv6 networking is supported between MySQL Cluster SQL nodes, which makes it possible to replicate between instances of MySQL Cluster using IPv6 addresses. However, IPv6 is supported only for direct connections between MySQL servers; all connections within an individual MySQL Cluster must use IPv4. For more information, see Section 8.3, “Known Issues in MySQL Cluster Replication”.
Restoring specific databases, tables, or columns from a MySQL Cluster
It is now possible to exercise more fine-grained control
when restoring a MySQL Cluster from backup using
ndb_restore. Beginning with MySQL
Cluster NDB 6.4.3, you can choose to restore only
specified tables or databases, or exclude specific tables
or databases from being restored, using the new
--exclude-databases. Beginning with MySQL
Cluster NDB 7.0.7, it is also possible to restore to a
table having fewer columns than the original using the
--exclude-missing-columns option. For
more information about all of these options, see
Section 6.20, “ndb_restore — Restore a MySQL Cluster Backup”.
Improved Disk Data file system configuration.
As of MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.3, you can specify default
locations for MySQL Cluster Disk Data data files and undo
log files using the data node configuration parameters
This eliminates the need to use symbolic links to place
Disk Data files separately from other files in data node
file systems to improve Disk Data performance. For more
Disk Data file system parameters.
Automatic creation of Disk Data log file groups and tablespaces.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.3, using the data
node configuration parameters
you can cause the creation of a MySQL Cluster Disk Data
log file group, tablespace, or both, when the cluster is
first started. When using these parameters, no SQL
statements are required to create these Disk Data objects.
For more information, see
Data object creation parameters.
Improved internal message passing and record handling. MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0 contains 2 changes that optimize the use of network connections by addressing the size and number of messages passed between data nodes, and between data nodes and API nodes, which can increase MySQL Cluster and application performance:
Packed reads. Formerly, each read request signal contained a list of columns to be retrieved, each of these column identifiers using 4 bytes within the message. This meant that the message size increased as the number of columns being fetched increased. In addition, in the response from the data node, each column result was packed to a 4-byte boundary, which resulted in wasted space. In MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0, messaging for read operations is optimized in both directions, using a bitmap in the read request to specify the columns to be fetched. Where many fields are requested, this can result in a significant message size reduction as compared with the old method. In addition, the 4-byte packing in responses is no longer used, which means that smaller fields consume less space.
Long signal transactions. This enhancement reduces the number of messages and signals that are sent to data nodes for complex requests. Prior to MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0, there was a 100 byte limit on the size of the request signal, which meant that complex requests had to be split up between multiple messages prior to transmission, then reassembled on the receiving end. In addition to actual payload data, each message required its own operating system and protocol overhead such as header information. This often wasted network bandwidth and data node CPU. The maximum size of the message is now 32 KB, which is sufficient to accommodate most queries.
Both of these optimizations are internal to the NDB API, and so is transparent to applications; this is true whether an application uses the NDB API directly or does so indirectly through an SQL node.
Configuration parameter data dumps.
Starting with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.6, the
ndb_config utility supports a
--configinfo option that causes it to
dump a list of all configuration parameters supported by
the cluster, along with brief descriptions, information
about the parameters' default and permitted values,
and the sections of the
file in which the parameters apply. An additional
--xml switch causes
ndb_config to use XML rather than
plaintext output. Using ndb_config
--xml requires no access to a running
MySQL Cluster, any other programs, or any files. For more
information and examples, see
Section 6.7, “ndb_config — Extract MySQL Cluster Configuration Information”.
Per-table reporting of free space on disk.
table shows information about used and free space in MySQL
Cluster Disk Data data files, but this information is not
applicable to individual tables. In MySQL Cluster NDB
7.0.8 and later, the ndb_desc utility
provides two additional columns in its output that show
the amount of space allocated on disk for a given
NDB table as well the amount
of space that remains available for additional storage of
disk-based column data for that table. For more
Section 6.10, “ndb_desc — Describe NDB Tables”.
Improved restart times. Optimizations in redo log handling and other file system operations introduced in MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.9 have the potential to reduce considerably the time required for restarts. While actual performance benefits observed in production setups will naturally vary depending on database size, hardware, and other conditions, our own preliminary testing has shown that these improvements can yield startup times that are faster than those typical of previous MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0 releases by a factor of 50 or more.
Native support for default column values.
Starting with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.15, default values for
table columns are stored in the NDB kernel rather than by
the MySQL server as was done previously. This means that
inserts on tables having column value defaults can be
smaller and faster than before, because less data must be
sent from SQL nodes to
Tables created using previous MySQL Cluster releases can
still be used in MySQL Cluster 7.0.15 and later; however,
they do not support native default values until they are
upgraded. You can upgrade a table with non-native default
values to support native default values using an offline
ALTER TABLE statement.
--nowait-nodes option for management servers.
Starting with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.10, it is possible to
configure a cluster with two management servers, but to
start the cluster using only one of them by starting the
management node daemon with the
The other management server can then be started at a later
time to join the running MySQL Cluster.
Increased flexibility in online upgrade procedure. Previously, when performing an upgrade of a running MySQL cluster, the order in which the types of cluster nodes had to be upgraded was very strict. However, beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.10, MySQL Cluster supports online upgrading of API nodes (including MySQL servers running as SQL nodes) online upgrading management nodes, data nodes, or both.
Before attempting to use this new upgrade functionality, see Section 7.5, “Performing a Rolling Restart of a MySQL Cluster”, for additional information, especially if you are planning an online upgrade to MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0 from MySQL Cluster NDB 6.3.
New CHANGE MASTER TO option for circular replication.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.11, the
CHANGE MASTER TO statement
which takes a comma-separated list of server IDs and
causes events originating from the corresponding servers
to be ignored. (Log rotation and log deletion events are
New replication conflict resolution strategy.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.11, the function
NDB$MAX_DELETE_WIN() is available to
implement “greatest timestamp, delete wins”
conflict resolution. See
for more information.
Improved lock handling for primary key lookups on BLOB tables.
A MySQL Cluster table stores all but the first 256 bytes
TEXT column values in a
BLOB table; when
executing queries against such tables, a shared lock is
obtained. Prior to MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.12, when the
query used a primary key lookup and took place within a
transaction, the lock was held for the duration of the
transaction, even after no more data was being read from
NDB table. Now in such
cases, the lock is released when all
BLOB data associated with
the table has been read. (Bug #49190)
A shared lock is also taken for unique key lookups; it is still the case that this lock is held for the duration of the transaction.
Heartbeat thread policy and priority.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.13, a new
HeartbeatThreadPriority makes it
possible to set the policy and the priority for the
heartbeat thread on management and API nodes.
Improved access to partitioning information.
The ndb_desc utility now provides
additional information about the partitioning of data
stored in MySQL Cluster. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB
option causes this program to include partition
in its output. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.14,
option causes ndb_desc to include
information about data distribution (that is, which table
fragments are stored on which data nodes). Each of these
options also requires the use of the
Information about partition-to-node mappings can also be
obtained using the
method, also added in MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.14.
Replication attribute promotion and demotion.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.14, MySQL Cluster
Replication supports attribute promotion and demotion when
replicating between columns of different but similar types
on the master and the slave. For example, it is possible
to promote an
INT column on
the master to a
column on the slave, and to demote a
TEXT column to a
The implementation of type demotion distinguishes between
lossy and non-lossy type conversions, and their use on the
slave can be controlled by setting the
global server system variable.
For more information, see Attribute promotion and demotion (MySQL Cluster).
Incompatible change in NDB API event reporting.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.15, DDL events are no
longer reported on
objects by default. Instead such event reporting must be
enabled explicitly using the
method. For more information, see
Number of table attributes. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.15, the maximum number of attributes (columns plus indexes) per table has been increased from 128 to 512.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.16, it is possible to
set a specific order for transmission of heartbeats
between data nodes, using the
data node configuration parameter introduced in this
version. This parameter can be useful in situations where
multiple data nodes are running on the same host and a
temporary disruption in connectivity between hosts would
otherwise cause the loss of a node group (and thus failure
of the cluster).
Relaxed ndb_restore column comparison rules. When restoring data, ndb_restore compares the attributes of a column for equality with the definition of the column in the target table. However, not all of these attributes need to be the same for ndb_restore to be meaningful, safe and useful. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.16, ndb_restore automatically ignores differences in certain column attributes which do not necessarily have to match between the version of the column in a backup and the version of that column in the MySQL Cluster to which the column data is being restored. These attributes include the following:
The default value
The distribution key
In such cases, ndb_restore reports any such differences to minimize any chance of user error.
Storage of user data in anyValue.
When writing NDB events to the binary log, MySQL Cluster
to store the server ID. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB
7.0.17, it is possible to store user data from an NDB API
application in part of the
when mysqld has been started with the
--server-id-bits option set
to a nondefault value. Also beginning with MySQL Cluster
NDB 7.0.17, it is possible to view this data in the output
of mysqlbinlog, for which its own
option is added.
--add-drop-trigger option for mysqldump.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.19, this option can
be used to force all
TRIGGER statements in
mysqldump output to be preceded by a
IF EXISTS statement.
Forcing node shutdown and restart.
In MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.19 and later, it is possible
using the ndb_mgm management client or
the MGM API to force a data node shutdown or restart even
if this would force the shutdown or restart of the entire
cluster. In the management client, this is implemented
through the addition of the
option to the
RESTART commands. For more information,
see Section 7.2, “Commands in the MySQL Cluster Management Client”.
The MGM API also adds two new methods for forcing such a
node shutdown or restart; see
ndb_mgm_restart4(), for more
information about these methods.
TimeBetweenEpochsTimeout and GCP stop control.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.21, it is possible to
disable GCP stops by setting
to 0. In addition, a warning is written to the cluster log
whenever the time required for a GCP save exceeds 60
seconds or the time required for a GCP commit exceeds 10
seconds. This warning includes a report of the current
For more information, see
Disk Data and GCP Stop errors.
Skipping corrupted tables in NDB native backups.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.21, you can cause
ndb_restore to ignore tables that are
corrupted due to missing blob parts tables by using the
option. When this option is used, such tables are skipped,
and the restoration of any remaining uncorrupted tables in
the backup continues.
BLOB read and write batching.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.21, it possible to
control batching of
read and write operations. For SQL nodes, this can be done
options for mysqld. In NDB API
applications, you can control batching of
BLOB reads and writes using
Restoring from a NDB native backup to a differently-named database.
MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.22 adds a new
option to ndb_restore, which makes it
possible to restore to a database having a different name
from that of the database in the backup. The option can be
used multiple times, and it is possible to restore from
more than one source database in the backup to a single
target database (although no protection against table or
other object name collision is provided).
See Section 6.20, “ndb_restore — Restore a MySQL Cluster Backup”, for more information.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.22,
INFORMATION_SCHEMA provides disk usage
information for MySQL Cluster Disk Data tables.
showed only the space usage for the in-memory data part of
the table. Now, it also shows the space allocated for and
used by the disk_part data of that table as well.
In addition, the
table (which did not show any statistics for
NDB tables) now shows correct
values in this table's
DATA_FREE columns, for each partition.
Configuration version information in ndbinfo.nodes.
You can see which version or versions of the MySQL Cluster
configuration file are in effect on the data nodes by
which is added to the
nodes table in MySQL
Cluster NDB 7.0.24.
Improvements in adding data nodes online.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.24, it is possible to
add data nodes online to a running MySQL Cluster without
performing a rolling restart of the cluster or starting
data node processes with the
--nowait-nodes option. This
can be done by setting
Nodegroup = 65536
config.ini file for any data
nodes that should be started at a later time, when first
starting the cluster. The amount of time the cluster waits
before doing this can be controlled using the
data node configuration parameter.
Unique key updates in replication.
It is possible in MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.25 and later to
employ operations that update unique keys when replicating
NDB tables. Previously this
could lead to duplicate key errors when trying to execute
the binary log (due to the fact that row events in the
binary log were ordered according to the partitioning of
the base table, and could differ in order within the epoch
for that in which they were executed).
Master and slave tables must both be using the
NDB storage engine for this
Starting with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.22, the NDB kernel
implements a number of statistical counters relating to
actions performed by or affecting
Ndb objects. Such events
include starting, closing, and aborting transactions;
operations using primary keys or unique keys; table, range,
and pruned scans; blocking of threads by incompleted
operations; and data and events sent and received by MySQL
Cluster nodes. NDB API statistics counters are incremented
inside the NDB kernel whenever NDB API calls are made or
data is sent to or received by the data nodes. A MySQL
Server running as an SQL node in the cluster can access the
values of these counters as system status variables, as seen
in the output of
or in the results of queries against the
table in the
By comparing the values of these status variables before and
after the execution of statements affecting
NDB tables, you can observe the
corresponding actions taken on the NDB API level. This can
be highly useful when monitoring and tuning MySQL Cluster.
For more information, see Section 7.15, “NDB API Statistics Counters and Variables”. See also Section 5.4.4, “MySQL Cluster Status Variables”, for information about the individual status variables.
Version 2 binary log row events.
New versions of the
DELETE_ROW events have been implemented
in MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.27, extending them with
additional information intended to support future
enhancements; these are referred to as “Version
2” binary log events.
Version 2 log events are not backward compatible, and cannot
be read by older slaves. A new mysqld
can be employed to force use of Version 1 events when
writing the binary log. This can be used during upgrades to
make a newer mysqld generate Version 1
binary log row events that can be read by older slaves.
Fail-fast data node capability.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.28, it is possible to
enable fail-fast behavior for data nodes by enabling the
configuration parameter introduced in this version
(disabled by default). Doing so causes data nodes to fail
whenever they detect a corrupted tuple.
Rows per partition limit removed. Previously it was possible to store a maximum of 46137488 rows in a single MySQL Cluster partition—that is, per data node. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.36, this limitation has been lifted, and there is no longer any practical upper limit to this number.