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Early Access to MySQL 5.6 New Features Available for Community Testing and Feedback


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Oracle announced that early access to new features of MySQL 5.6 is available for the community to test, deploy and provide feedback.

The latest features are focused on better scalability, performance and flexibility. Enhancements include the InnoDB storage engine, to provide support for full text search, greater performance for write-intensive applications, and better scalability under high concurrency/user loads.

In addition, new and improved MySQL replication features are intended to help with performance, scale-out and data integration.

Oracle is providing early access to MySQL 5.6 features which are in active development, to enable customers and the MySQL community to provide feedback. After development is complete, these features are intended to move into future "Development Milestone" and general availability releases.

MySQL 5.6 early access features that are available through http://labs.mysql.com for community testing and feedback include

  • InnoDB Full-Text Search: allows users the ability to build full text indices and search for text-based content stored in InnoDB tables, and supports fast and accurate search on document content.
  • InnoDB Buffer Pool Pre-loading Options: provide new manual and automated options that allow the InnoDB buffer pool to preload and significantly shorten the warm-up times after server re-start.
  • Larger InnoDB Redo Log Files: increase the maximum size of InnoDB redo log files from 4 GB to 2 TB, helping improve the performance of applications with write-heavy workloads or long running transactions.
  • Binlog Group Commit: delivers improved performance of MySQL replication, with Group Commit applying updates to the binary log in parallel and then committing them as a group to the binlog on disk.
  • Binlog API: enables MySQL users to seamlessly integrate MySQL with both new and legacy applications and data stores. It allows developers to reduce the complexity of integration by standardizing their SQL data management operations on MySQL, while replicating data to other applications within their data management infrastructure.


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