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simple performance question

csakiscsakis EntrantInactive User Role Beginner
I have a table with ~1.4 billion records. I want to check how many records are exactly there.
I have a Percona 5.5 server running on Ubuntu 12.04. The server has 80 GB of memory.
The table itself is ~100 GB.
I issue a simple command

Select count(*) from table

I then, monitor the INNODB engine. I get a reading of 35-45,000 reads/second
If my calculations are correct, it will need 9-18 hours just to do this simple command.
I thought that using databases would improve the speed of handling vast amounts of data. Is this realistic? Can I make my server faster?
I used the Percona my.cnf wizard to set all my variables.

Any help would appreciated.



  • csakiscsakis Entrant Inactive User Role Beginner
    I am trying to execute this statement

    select `Distance`, count(`Distance`) from `hamming_q22_sd6_11` group by `Distance`</pre>

    My table has approximately 300 million rows.
    When I look at the process list it says

    copying to tmp table</pre>

    and it stays like that for hours. Something is not right. These things should take seconds not hours. I am really desperate, what am I doing wrong?

  • jcesariojcesario Contributor Current User Role Beginner
    Can you post the output of:


    please describe the hardware you are using.

    Can you also post the EXPLAIN output for the affected queries as well as the schema for involved tables.
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