Unlock Peak Performance: An In-Depth Guide to Troubleshoot and Optimize InnoDB with MySQL’s Performance Schema

Unleash Superior InnoDB Performance: A Deep Dive into MySQL’s Performance Schema

A well-tuned MySQL database is critical for the efficient operation of any application. However, identifying the cause of performance issues can often be complex, especially when dealing with the InnoDB storage engine.

In this blog post, we’ll explore an SQL script that leverages MySQL’s Performance Schema to help troubleshoot InnoDB performance issues.

MySQL’s Performance Schema, a dynamic performance analysis tool, helps us understand server execution at a granular level. Here’s the SQL script we will delve into:

Let’s break down this script to understand its components and how they can aid in troubleshooting InnoDB performance issues:


In MySQL, each client connection is associated with a separate server thread. By observing the THREAD_ID, we can link server activity back to the specific client that initiated it. The SQL_TEXT gives us the raw SQL statement that was executed by this thread. This can be very useful in pinpointing problematic queries.


These parameters, retrieved from the events_transactions_history table, provide insights into the transactional properties of each statement. The isolation level can have a significant impact on transaction performance and concurrency, while the access mode (READ ONLY vs READ WRITE) can also influence how transactions are handled by the server.


These fields represent the start time, wait time, and end time of the event, respectively. In the context of performance troubleshooting, long wait times could indicate contention for resources, while long execution times might suggest inefficient queries or insufficient resources.


CPU time indicates the time spent by the statement on the CPU. If a statement has high CPU time, it might be CPU-intensive and need optimization. The lock time shows the time spent waiting for locks, which could be an indicator of concurrency issues in your application.


This field shows the maximum memory used by a statement, converted from bytes to megabytes for easier interpretation. If a statement is consuming a large amount of memory, it could cause memory pressure on the server and degrade overall performance.


These fields give insight into the work done by a statement and the number of savepoints in the transaction. Large amounts of work or high numbers of savepoints could indicate complex transactions that might need to be simplified or optimized.

In conclusion, this script provides an insightful view into the InnoDB performance by showcasing specific details about each executed SQL statement.

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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.