This will sound strange, but long story short. I have client running two CS Cart web shops one one dedicated server. Cs Cart is version 3.0.2 and each shop has around 2000 products. Website opens quite slow + when more visitors get on the site ( e.g. 150 people) mysql will use over 300% of CPU.

Here are some statistic for one DB ( another one is quite similar) Client is using MariaDB 10.0.22. Default engine is mysql and tables are mysql. Server has over 120G of memory ( under load is uses most around 8G) and cpu is Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU D-1540 @ 2.00GHz Centos 6.7 + whm/cpanel

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Here are settings that I found in my.cnf on the server

max_connections = 600
max_user_connections = 1000
max-connect-errors = 10
key_buffer_size = 128M
myisam_sort_buffer_size = 64M
read_buffer_size = 1M
table_open_cache = 8000
table-definition-cache = 8000
thread_cache_size = 384
wait_timeout = 20
connect_timeout = 10
tmp_table_size = 512M
max_heap_table_size = 512M
net_buffer_length = 16384
concurrent_insert = 2
read_rnd_buffer_size = 786432
bulk_insert_buffer_size = 8M
query_cache_limit = 4M
query_cache_size = 256M
query_cache_type = 1
#query-cache-type = 0
#query-cache-size = 0
query_prealloc_size = 262144
query_alloc_block_size = 65535
transaction_alloc_block_size = 8192
transaction_prealloc_size = 4096
max_write_lock_count = 8
sort_buffer_size = 128M
join_buffer_size = 128M
innodb-flush-method = O_DIRECT
innodb-log-files-in-group = 2
innodb-log-file-size = 1024M
innodb-flush-log-at-trx-commit = 1
innodb-file-per-table = 1
innodb-buffer-pool-size = 32G
#log-queries-not-using-indexes = 1
#slow-query-log = 1
#log_slow_rate_limit = 20
#long_query_time = 1
#slow-query-log-file = /var/lib/mysql/mysql-slow.log

The main problem is that client is unviling to upgrade cs cart to latest version due to a lot of modification that he made on the current site. Although, the latest version had quite optimized mysql queries which would speed up things a lot. So I can either try to tweak my.cnf a bit more or simply move database to some separate server/vps/database hosting service.

Few questions 1. Is there anything that can be done on the current database from my.cnf side, implementation of some database caching, moving tables from mysql to innodb or anything similar, that would help regarding the load and speed? 2. If moving database to separate machine would be better, what service should I use for this? Is there any service that is specialized in hosting databases etc. e.g I noticed that Amazon offers something like that ?

  • Absolute numbers are hard to put into perspective although 30M queries / hour is very excessive given you say 150 concurrent user is average high load. What is the number of daily pageloads? What storage engine do you use? You say you might move from MyISAM to InnoDB but I see you have innodb_buffer_pool_size = 32 GB. How big the database is phisically? When you say over 300% of CPU usage what exactly the CPU is doing (user, iowait)? 300% is not high for a Xeon D-1540. It's basically less than 20% load. Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 16:08

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Has been a while since I used MySQL, am I reading your graphic correctly? More than 30 million select statements per hour of uptime? Seems a bit excessive, especially if you are seeing around 150 users concurrently.

If that's correct then I'd be looking at your client's modifications as the probable cause before either trying config tweaks or throwing hardware at the problem.

Do you have a dev box which you can clone and a testing suite that can mimic many sessions? If so I would try removing the mods to diagnose.

I'm not familiar with CS Cart but I've seen SQL server performance killed by recursive views, cursor queries and/or bad joins. Have you any data on which queries are consuming all your processing?


The Query cache is rather large, not full, and suffering a lot of prunes. Prunes are costly, especially if the cache is large. Suggest you try running for a while with query_cache_size = 128M.

This is dangerously large: tmp_table_size = 512M, but there is no evidence that you swapped because of it.

Are the tables MyISAM? Or InnoDB? Perhaps some of each?

Please provide (from the commandline mysql tool) SHOW VARIABLES; and SHOW GLOBAL STATUS;

But face it. 8K qps is pushing the limits of what a single server can do. The 300% probably implies that 3 cores are busy. How many do you have? I/O seems to be not a big issue (I'll know more with the SHOWs). It is mostly "just lots to do".

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