InnoDB uses asynchronous disk I/O where
possible, by creating a number of threads to handle I/O
operations, while permitting other database operations to proceed
while the I/O is still in progress. On Linux and Windows
InnoDB uses the available OS and
library functions to perform “native” asynchronous
I/O. On other platforms,
InnoDB still uses I/O
threads, but the threads may actually wait for I/O requests to
complete; this technique is known as “simulated”
InnoDB can determine there is a high
probability that data might be needed soon, it performs
read-ahead operations to bring that data into the buffer pool so
that it is available in memory. Making a few large read requests
for contiguous data can be more efficient than making several
small, spread-out requests. There are two read-ahead heuristics
In sequential read-ahead, if
InnoDBnotices that the access pattern to a segment in the tablespace is sequential, it posts in advance a batch of reads of database pages to the I/O system.
In random read-ahead, if
InnoDBnotices that some area in a tablespace seems to be in the process of being fully read into the buffer pool, it posts the remaining reads to the I/O system.
For information about configuring read-ahead heuristics, see Section 220.127.116.11, “Configuring InnoDB Buffer Pool Prefetching (Read-Ahead)”.
InnoDB uses a novel file flush technique
involving a structure called the
buffer, which is enabled by default in most cases
adds safety to recovery following a crash or power outage, and
improves performance on most varieties of Unix by reducing the
Before writing pages to a data file,
first writes them to a contiguous tablespace area called the
doublewrite buffer. Only after the write and the flush to the
doublewrite buffer has completed does
write the pages to their proper positions in the data file. If
there is an operating system, storage subsystem, or
mysqld process crash in the middle of a page
write (causing a torn page
InnoDB can later find a good copy
of the page from the doublewrite buffer during recovery.
If system tablespace files (“ibdata files”) are
located on Fusion-io devices that support atomic writes,
doublewrite buffering is automatically disabled and Fusion-io
atomic writes are used for all data files. Because the
doublewrite buffer setting is global, doublewrite buffering is
also disabled for data files residing on non-Fusion-io hardware.
This feature is only supported on Fusion-io hardware and is only
enabled for Fusion-io NVMFS on Linux. To take full advantage of
this feature, an
innodb_flush_method setting of
O_DIRECT is recommended.