Monday Aug 01, 2011

More New MySQL 5.6 Early Access Features

Last week was a banner week for MySQL at OSCON. We had many MySQL developers meeting with the MySQL community, conducting technical sessions, leading BOF sessions, working the exhibit hall, and confirming Oracle's leadership in the technical evolution of MySQL.  The highlight of the week was the unveiling of even more 5.6 early access InnoDB and Replication features that are now available for early adopters to download, evaluate and shape via labs.mysql.com.  

InnoDB is one of MySQL's "crown jewels" and beginning in 5.5 is now the default storage engine.  The following 5.6 feature improvements are in direct response to community and customer feedback and requests.  The new 5.6 early access features include:


  • Full-text search
  • REDO log files max size extended to 2 TB
  • UNDO logs on their own tablespace
  • Buffer Pool options for pre-loading/warming on re-start
  • Improved auto-extension of .ibd files
  • Support for smaller 4k, 8k page sizes

Replication is by far the most popular and widely used MySQL feature. The following feature improvements in 5.6 are also in direct response to community and customer feedback and requests.  The new 5.6 early access features include:
  • New Binlog API
  • Binlog group commit (completes InnoDB group commit implemented in MySQL 5.5)
  • Durable Slave Reads
  • Enhanced multi-threaded slaves
You can read about the details, including development blogs on how to get started with each in this new DevZone article.  My sincere thanks and appreciation to the InnoDB and Replication development teams for their leadership in technical innovation and mind share and for their dedicated work in providing these and other new features "early and often" to the MySQL community.  Stay tuned for more to come!

We can't say this "early and often" enough...thanks for your continued support of MySQL!
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