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MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  Configuring Spin Lock Polling

14.8.9 Configuring Spin Lock Polling

Many InnoDB mutexes and rw-locks are reserved for a short time. On a multi-core system, it can be more efficient for a thread to continuously check if it can acquire a mutex or rw-lock for a while before sleeping. If the mutex or rw-lock becomes available during this polling period, the thread can continue immediately, in the same time slice. However, too-frequent polling by multiple threads of a shared object can cause cache ping pong, which results in processors invalidating portions of each other's cache. InnoDB minimizes this issue by waiting a random time between subsequent polls. The delay is implemented as a busy loop.

You can control the maximum delay between testing a mutex or rw-lock using the innodb_spin_wait_delay parameter. The duration of the delay loop depends on the C compiler and the target processor. (In the 100MHz Pentium era, the unit of delay was one microsecond.) On a system where all processor cores share a fast cache memory, you might reduce the maximum delay or disable the busy loop altogether by setting innodb_spin_wait_delay=0. On a system with multiple processor chips, the effect of cache invalidation can be more significant and you might increase the maximum delay.

The default value of innodb_spin_wait_delay is 6. The spin wait delay is a dynamic, global parameter that you can specify in the MySQL option file (my.cnf or my.ini) or change at runtime with the SET GLOBAL innodb_spin_wait_delay=delay statement, where delay is the desired maximum delay. Changing the setting at runtime requires privileges sufficient to set global system variables. See Section, “System Variable Privileges”.

For performance considerations for InnoDB locking operations, see Section 8.11, “Optimizing Locking Operations”.

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