Aurimas Mikalauskas's 17 Key MySQL Config File Settings gives the following advice regarding innodb_io_capacity and innodb_io_capacity_max:

measure random write throughput of your storage and set innodb_io_capacity_max to the maximum you could achieve, and innodb_io_capacity to 50-75% of it, especially if your system is write-intensive.

But how do I measure these IOPS? What block size do I use (I assume the page size, so 16K by default)? Do I fsync after every block?

A fio command like this one gives me around 300 IOPS maximum, which seems very slow for these drives NVMe SSDs these are supposed to be. Most advice I can find online has these variables in the thousands.

fio --name fio --readwrite=randwrite --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --filename=fio --numjobs=1 --size=4G --gtod_reduce=1 --iodepth=64 --bs=16k --fsync=1
  • Great article on MySQL tuning/configuration - should be required reading before posting MySQL performance questions here = +1 - p.s. welcome to the forum!
    – Vérace
    Dec 2, 2020 at 7:44
  • @mozygipa Ask Aurimas Mikalauskas to update his tips and point you to a measuring tool, From OS command prompt, iostat -xm 5 3 when the server is busy may give you a clue on current performance. Bump innodb_io_capacity up 10%. Remove innodb_io_capacity_max and the system will calculate innodb_io_capacity * 2 to set the max for you. Dec 2, 2020 at 18:19
  • I think adding --fsync to the fio to measure IOs would impair the actual measurement.
    – danblack
    Sep 19, 2022 at 22:08

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If you have a running instance of mysql, throw some data at it, then compute

( Innodb_pages_read + Innodb_pages_written + 
       Innodb_dblwr_writes + Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_flushed ) / Uptime

Something like:

run some heavy I/O queries

Tediously subtract the 5 values and evaluate the expression.

This will be a crude number, and you can probably set the innodb_io_capacity* higher than what the expression gives you.

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