DELETE operations are performed on
a table, the values of indexed columns (particularly the values of
secondary keys) are often in an unsorted order, requiring
substantial I/O to bring secondary indexes up to date.
InnoDB has a
change buffer that
caches changes to secondary index entries when the relevant
page is not in the
buffer pool, thus avoiding
expensive I/O operations by not immediately reading in the page
from disk. The buffered changes are merged when the page is loaded
to the buffer pool, and the updated page is later flushed to disk.
InnoDB main thread merges buffered changes
when the server is nearly idle, and during a
Because it can result in fewer disk reads and writes, the change buffer feature is most valuable for workloads that are I/O-bound, for example applications with a high volume of DML operations such as bulk inserts.
However, the change buffer occupies a part of the buffer pool, reducing the memory available to cache data pages. If the working set almost fits in the buffer pool, or if your tables have relatively few secondary indexes, it may be useful to disable change buffering. If the working set fits entirely within the buffer, change buffering does not impose extra overhead, because it only applies to pages that are not in the buffer pool.
You can control the extent to which
performs change buffering using the
configuration parameter. You can enable or disable buffering for
inserts, delete operations (when index records are initially
marked for deletion) and purge operations (when index records are
physically deleted). An update operation is a combination of an
insert and a delete. In MySQL 5.5 and higher, the default
innodb_change_buffering value is
The default value: buffer inserts, delete-marking operations, and purges.
Do not buffer any operations.
Buffer insert operations.
Buffer delete-marking operations.
Buffer both inserts and delete-marking operations.
Buffer the physical deletion operations that happen in the background.
You can set the
in the MySQL option file (
my.ini) or change it dynamically with the
statement, which requires privileges sufficient to set global
system variables. See
Section 126.96.36.199, “System Variable Privileges”. Changing the setting
affects the buffering of new operations; the merging of existing
buffered entries is not affected.
For related information, see Section 14.7.2, “Change Buffer”.