Advanced InnoDB Performance Monitoring: Using Statistics and Forecasts for Optimization


InnoDB, the storage engine for MySQL, offers a powerful platform for storing and retrieving data efficiently. However, as your database grows and workloads increase, performance issues might arise. To proactively address these issues, monitoring and analyzing InnoDB performance becomes essential. In this blog, we’ll explore how to troubleshoot InnoDB performance using advanced statistics and forecast formulas with the SQL script provided below.

Understanding the Script

The script utilizes the events_statements_summary_by_digest table from the MySQL 8 performance_schema to extract valuable performance-related insights. Here’s what the key parts of the script do:

  1. Selecting Relevant Columns: The script starts by selecting the necessary columns for analysis. These columns include information about the schema name, a snippet of the query text, various counters for query performance metrics, and memory usage.
  2. Calculating Metrics: The script calculates several metrics to provide a comprehensive view of InnoDB performance. For example, the average time per query (Avg_Time_Per_Query) is calculated by dividing the total wait time by the number of queries (COUNT_STAR). Similarly, the total time in seconds (Total_Time_Seconds) is calculated by converting the wait time to seconds.
  3. Fetching Table and Index Sizes: The script enhances the analysis by joining with the information_schema.TABLES to fetch the size of the associated table and indexes. This helps to understand how the query performance might be affected by the size of the underlying data.
  4. Filtering and Ordering: The script filters out rows where the wait time is greater than zero, ensuring that only significant queries are considered. The result set is then ordered by total time in descending order, providing insight into the queries with the highest impact on performance.


Monitoring and troubleshooting InnoDB performance is crucial to maintaining a healthy and efficient database environment. By utilizing advanced statistics and forecast formulas available through the MySQL 8 performance_schema, you can gain insights into query efficiency, memory utilization, and potential bottlenecks. The provided SQL script gives you a starting point to explore your InnoDB performance data and make informed optimization decisions.

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Open Source Database Systems Engineer with a deep understanding of Optimizer Internals, Performance Engineering, Scalability and Data SRE. Shiv currently is the Founder, Investor, Board Member and CEO of multiple Database Systems Infrastructure Operations companies in the Transaction Processing Computing and ColumnStores ecosystem. He is also a frequent speaker in open source software conferences globally.