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From Jerry Lampi <...@sdsusa.com>
Subject Re: Proper configuration for a very busy DB?
Date Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:53:11 GMT
Each client has one connection.  It is used for the entire session (which can be days).
The Derby log file are configured to have one log file per day.  Format names like: productName-stderr.2013-10-01.log
and productName-

- A flurry of data has been as great as 4000 records per second.  That is the number cached
by the client(s) and each record is dumped to the DB one at a time.  Not all 30 clients see
4000 per second, likely only 2 or three of them.  The DB has over 10 million records in it
at any given time and it is purged daily of older records.
- We use prepared statements (PS).
- Each client has one dedicated connection.

I appreciate your responses.  I will benchmark using JMeter and then follow the tuning tips
for derby 10.8 ( http://db.apache.org/derby/docs/10.8/tuning/index.html ).  I will start by
tweaking the derby.statementCache.size up from the 100 default.

Any other advice greatly appreciated.



On 9/30/2013 2:55 PM, Peter wrote:
Do you open new connection every time or do you have a pool? How often does Derby checkpoint/switch
log file?


On 9/30/2013 2:47 PM, Bergquist, Brett wrote:
> Jerry, can you provide a bit more background which might be helpful:
> - what is your definition of a flurry of data?   What sort of transaction rate do you
estimate this is?
> - are you using prepared statements for your inserts, updates, etc? If not, then do so
and also change the derby.statementCache.size to something quite a bit larger.  This will
allow the statements to be compiled once and cached instead of being prepared each time you
execute them.
> - are you using a connection pool or are you opening/closing connections frequently?
> I have a system with a busy database and it took some tuning to get to this point.  Right
now it is doing about 100 inserts/second continuous 24x7 and it has peaked up to 200 inserts/second.
 Granted my application is different than what you are doing but it is possible to get derby
to run when busy.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerry Lampi [mailto:jal@sdsusa.com]
> Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 3:29 PM
> To: Derby User Group
> Subject: Proper configuration for a very busy DB?
> We have about 30 clients that connect to our version Derby DB.
> The clients are programs that gather data from the operating system of their host and
then store that data in the DB, including FTP activity.
> Sometimes, the clients get huge flurries of data all at once and Derby is unable to handle
the influx of requests; inserts, updates, etc.  In addition, the clients are written so that
if they are unable to talk to the DB, they queue up as much data as possible and then write
it to the DB when the DB becomes available.
> This client queuing is a poor design, and places greater stress on the DB, as when the
30 clients finally do talk to the DB, they all dump data at once.  The clients do not know
about one another and therefore do not attempt any throttling or cooperation when dumping
on the DB.
> The net effect of all this is that the DB is too slow to keep up with the clients.  As
clients try to feed data to the DB, it cannot accept it as fast as desired and this results
in the clients queueing more data, exacerbating the issue.
> So the DB is very busy.  The only significant thing we have done thus far is change the
derby.storage.pageCacheSize=5000 and increase Java heap to 1536m.
> Is there a configuration considered optimal for a VERY busy Derby DB?
> Thanks,
> Jerry
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