Approaching the Unacceptable Workload Boundary

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:25 am12:05 pm

Baron Schwartz, VividCortex


We've all stared in frustration at a system that degraded into nonresponsiveness, to the point that you couldn't even kill-dash-nine whatever was responsible for the problem. A key fact we all recognize, but may not recognize as significant, is that this isn't a sharp boundary. There's a gradient of deteriorating performance where the system becomes less predictable and stable. In this talk I'll explain:

  • what the unacceptable workload boundary is
  • how to recognize and predict the signs
  • how to measure and model this simply
  • what causes nonlinear performance degradation
  • how to use this to architect more scalable systems

Baron Schwartz, VividCortex

Baron is the founder and CEO of VividCortex, the best way to see what your production database servers are doing. Baron has written a lot of open source software, and several books including High Performance MySQL. He’s focused his career on learning and teaching about performance and observability of systems generally (including the view that teams are systems and culture influences their performance), and databases specifically.

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@conference {213110,
author = {Baron Schwartz},
title = {Approaching the Unacceptable Workload Boundary},
year = {2018},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},