Why is innodb_dedicated_server set to OFF on the managed databases?

  • Posted November 20, 2019
  • MySQL

I’ve created a 2gb and 4gb managed database for testing, both on mysql 8.0.17 The 2gb had a default innodb_buffer_pool_size of 128 mb The 4gd had a default innodb_buffer_pool_size of 1536 mb

Both seem a bit on the low end to me, especially on the 2gb instance. On both servers, the setting “innodb_dedicated_server” was set to OFF, which when set to ON would autoscale the buffer pool size and the log file size based on system available memory.

I’d love to get a better understanding of the chosen default settings


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Hey @Ozcar -

This is a really good question.

As noted, the “innodbdedicatedserver” setting means “let mysql autoscale memory usage”. In order to offer databases as a managed service, we have services that enable features like automatic backup, high availability, and metrics collection running in the underlying infrastructure. We have prevented MySQL from allocating memory to itself in order to ensure that all complementary services have the resources required to run.

Hope this helps!