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ProxySQL Versus MaxScale for OLTP RO Workloads

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ProxySQL Versus MaxScale for OLTP RO Workloads

How much overhead to proxies add to SQL databases? Here's a look at two popular solutions.

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In this blog post, we’ll discuss ProxySQL versus MaxScale for OLTP RO workloads.

Continuing my series of READ-ONLY benchmarks (you can find the other posts here: https://www.percona.com/blog/2016/04/07/mysql-5-7-sysbench-oltp-read-results-really-faster/and https://www.percona.com/blog/2016/03/28/mysql-5-7-primary-key-lookup-results-is-it-really-faster), in this post I want to see how much overhead a proxy adds.

In my opinion, there are only two solid proxy software options for MySQL at the moment: ProxySQL and MaxScale. In the past, there was also MySQL Proxy, but it is pretty much dead for now. Its replacement, MySQl Router, is still in the very early stages and seriously lacks any features that would compete with ProxySQL and MaxScale. This will most likely change in the future. When MySQL Router adds more features, I will reevaluate them then!

To test the proxies, I will start with a very simple setup to gauge basic performance characteristics. I will use a sysbench client and proxy running on the same box. Sysbench connects to the proxy via local socket (for minimal network and TCP overhead), and the proxy is connected to a remote MySQL via a 10Gb network. This way, the proxy and sysbench share the same server resources.

Other parameters:

  • CPU: 56 logical CPU threads servers Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2683 v3 @ 2.00GHz
  • sysbench ten tables x 10mln rows, Pareto distribution
  • OS: Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)
  • MySQL 5.7
  • MaxScale version 1.4.1
  • ProxySQL version 1.2.0b

You can find more details about benchmarks, scripts and configs here: https://github.com/Percona-Lab/benchmark-results/tree/201603-mysql55-56-57-RO/remote-OLTP-proxy-may.

An important parameter to consider is how much of the CPU resources you allocate for a proxy. Both ProxySQL and MaxScale allow you to configure how many threads they can use to process user requests and to route queries. I’ve found that 16 threads for ProxySQL 8 threads for  MaxScale is optimal (I will also show 16 threads for MaxScale in this). Both proxies also allow you to setup simple load-balancing configurations, or to work in read-write splitting mode. In this case, I will use simple load balancing, since there are no read-write splitting requirements in a read-only workload).

ProxySQL

First result: How does ProxySQL perform compared to vanilla MySQL 5.7?

As we can see, there is a noticeable drop in performance with ProxySQL. This is expected, as ProxySQL does extra work to process queries. What is good though is that ProxySQL scales with increasing user connections.

One of the tricks that ProxySQL has is a “fast-forward” mode, which minimizes overhead from processing (but as a drawback, you can’t use many of the other features). Out of curiosity, let’s see how the “fast-forward” mode performs:

MaxScale

Now let’s see what happens with MaxScale. Before showing the next chart, let me not it contains “error bars,” which are presented as vertical bars. Basically, an “error bar” shows a standard deviation: the longer the bar, the more variation was observed during the experiment. We want to see less variance, as it implies more stable performance.

Here are results for MaxScale versus ProxySQL:

We can see that with lower numbers of threads both proxies are nearly similar, but MaxScale has a harder time scaling over 100 threads. On average, MaxScale’s throughput is worse, and there is a lot of variation. In general, we can see that MaxScale demands more CPU resources and uses more of the CPU per request (compared to ProxySQL). This holds true if we run MaxScale with 16 threads (instead of 8):

MaxScale with 16 threads does not handle the workload well, and there is a lot of variation along with some visible scalability issues.

To summarize, here is a chart with relative performance (vanilla MySQL 5.7 is shown as 1):

While this chart does show that MaxScale has less overhead from 1-6 threads, it doesn’t scale as user load increases.

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