In the following section, we answer questions that are frequently
asked about MySQL NDB Cluster and the
NDB storage engine.
- A.10.1. Which versions of the MySQL software support NDB Cluster? Do I have to compile from source?
- A.10.2. What do “NDB” and “NDBCLUSTER” mean?
- A.10.3. How many computers do I need to run an NDB Cluster, and why?
Which versions of the MySQL software support NDB Cluster? Do I have to compile from source?
NDB Cluster is not supported in MySQL Server 8.0
releases; it is released as a separate product. NDB Cluster 8.0
is now available as a Developer Preview release for evaluation
and testing of new features in the
NDB Cluster 7.6, based on MySQL Server 5.7 and version 7.6 of
For detailed information about deploying and using NDB Cluster, see Chapter 22, MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0.
What do “NDB” and “NDBCLUSTER” mean?
“NDB” stands for
How many computers do I need to run an NDB Cluster, and why?
A minimum of three computers is required to run a viable cluster. However, the minimum recommended number of computers in an NDB Cluster is four: one each to run the management and SQL nodes, and two computers to serve as data nodes. The purpose of the two data nodes is to provide redundancy; the management node must run on a separate machine to guarantee continued arbitration services in the event that one of the data nodes fails.
To provide increased throughput and high availability, you should use multiple SQL nodes (MySQL Servers connected to the cluster). It is also possible (although not strictly necessary) to run multiple management servers.