I also gave a lightning talk about mydumper. Since my original announcement mydumper has changed a bit. It supports writing compressed files, detecting and killing slow queries that could block table flushes, supports regular expressions for table names, and trunk is slowly moving towards understanding that storage engines differ :)
I’ve been using mydumper quite a lot in my deployments (and observing 10x faster dumps). Now, the sad part is how to do faster recovery. It is quite easy to parallelize load of data (apparently, xargs supports running parallel processes):
echo *.sql.gz | xargs -n1 -P 16 -I % sh -c 'zcat % | mysql dbname'
Still, that doesn’t scale much – only doubles the load speed, compared to single threaded load, even on quite powerful machine. The problem lives in log_sys mutex – it is acquired for every InnoDB row operation, to grab LogicalSequenceNumbers (LSNs), so neither batching nor differentiation strategies really help, and same problem is hit by LOAD DATA too. In certain cases I saw quite some spinning on other mutexes, and it seems that InnoDB currently doesn’t scale that well with lots of small row operations. Maybe someone some day will pick this up and fix, thats why we go to conferences and share our findings :)