It is possible to specify the size of the block buffers for an
individual key cache using the
variable. This permits tuning of the performance of I/O
operations for index files.
The best performance for I/O operations is achieved when the size of read buffers is equal to the size of the native operating system I/O buffers. But setting the size of key nodes equal to the size of the I/O buffer does not always ensure the best overall performance. When reading the big leaf nodes, the server pulls in a lot of unnecessary data, effectively preventing reading other leaf nodes.
To control the size of blocks in the
index file of
MyISAM tables, use the
--myisam-block-size option at