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MySQL 5.6 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  Tuning InnoDB Buffer Pool Flushing Tuning InnoDB Buffer Pool Flushing

The configuration options innodb_flush_neighbors and innodb_lru_scan_depth let you fine-tune certain aspects of the flushing process for the InnoDB buffer pool. These options primarily help write-intensive workloads. With heavy DML activity, flushing can fall behind if it is not aggressive enough, resulting in excessive memory use in the buffer pool; or, disk writes due to flushing can saturate your I/O capacity if that mechanism is too aggressive. The ideal settings depend on your workload, data access patterns, and storage configuration (for example, whether data is stored on HDD or SSD devices).

For systems with constant heavy workloads, or workloads that fluctuate widely, several configuration options let you fine-tune the flushing behavior for InnoDB tables: innodb_adaptive_flushing_lwm, innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct_lwm, innodb_io_capacity_max, and innodb_flushing_avg_loops. These options feed into the formula used by the innodb_adaptive_flushing option.

The innodb_adaptive_flushing, innodb_io_capacity and innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct options are limited or extended by the following options: innodb_adaptive_flushing_lwm, innodb_io_capacity_max and innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct_lwm:

Most of the options referenced above are most applicable to servers that run write-heavy workloads for long periods of time and have little reduced load time to catch up with changes waiting to be written to disk.

innodb_flushing_avg_loops defines the number of iterations for which InnoDB keeps the previously calculated snapshot of the flushing state, which controls how quickly adaptive flushing responds to foreground load changes. Setting a high value for innodb_flushing_avg_loops means that InnoDB keeps the previously calculated snapshot longer, so adaptive flushing responds more slowly. A high value also reduces positive feedback between foreground and background work, but when setting a high value it is important to ensure that InnoDB redo log utilization does not reach 75% (the hardcoded limit at which async flushing starts) and that the innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct setting keeps the number of dirty pages to a level that is appropriate for the workload.

Systems with consistent workloads, a large innodb_log_file_size, and small spikes that do not reach 75% redo log space utilization should use a high innodb_flushing_avg_loops value to keep flushing as smooth as possible. For systems with extreme load spikes or log files that do not provide a lot of space, consider a smaller innodb_flushing_avg_loops value. The smaller value will allow flushing to closely track the load and help avoid reaching 75% redo log space utilization.

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