David Lang asks: "With the release of MySQL 5.0, PostgreSQL 8.1, and the flap over Oracle purchasing InnoDB, the age old question of performance is coming up again. I've got some boxes that were purchased for a data warehouse project that isn't going to be installed for a month or two, and could probably squeeze some time in to do some benchmarks on the machines. However, the question is: what should be done that's reasonably fair to both MySQL and PostgreSQL? We all know that careful selection of the benchmark can seriously skew the results, and I want to avoid that (in fact I would consider it close to ideal if the results came out that each database won in some tests). I would also not like to spend time generating the benchmarks only to have the losing side accuse me of being unfair. So, for both MySQL and PostgreSQL advocates, what would you like to see in a series of benchmarks?""The hardware I have available is as follows:
- 2x dual Opteron 8G ram, 2x144G 15Krpm SCSI
- 2x dual Opteron 8G ram, 2x72G 15Krpm SCSI
- 1x dual Opteron 16G ram, 2x36G 15Krpm SCSI 16x400G 7200rpm SATA
For my own interests, I would like to at least cover the following bases: 32 bit vs 64 bit vs 64 bit kernel + 32 bit user-space; data warehouse type tests (data >> memory); and web prefs test (active data RAM)
What specific benchmarks should be run, and what other things should be tested? Where should I go for assistance on tuning each database, evaluating the benchmark results, and re-tuning them?"