InnoDB indexes are
B-trees where the index
records are stored in the leaf pages of the tree. The default
size of an index page is 16KB. When new records are inserted,
InnoDB tries to leave 1/16 of the page free
for future insertions and updates of the index records.
If index records are inserted in a sequential order (ascending
or descending), the resulting index pages are about 15/16 full.
If records are inserted in a random order, the pages are from
1/2 to 15/16 full. If the fill
factor of an index page drops below 1/2,
InnoDB tries to contract the index tree to
free the page.
You can specify the page
size for all
InnoDB tablespaces in a
MySQL instance by setting the
configuration option before creating the instance. Once the
page size for a MySQL instance is set, you cannot change it.
Supported sizes are 16KB, 8KB, and 4KB, corresponding to the
A MySQL instance using a particular
page size cannot use data files or log files from an instance
that uses a different page size.