How to measure Linux Performance Wrong


Presenter: Peter Zaitsev, CEO of Percona

Where: NCSU College of Textiles, 1020 Main Campus Dr., Room 2207 (

Parking: Underground parking deck immediately adjacent to the building (


In this presentation, we will look at typical mistakes measuring or interpreting Linux Performance. Do you use LoadAvg to assess if your CPU is overloaded or Disk Utilization to see if your disks are overloaded? We will look into these and a number of other metrics which are often misunderstood and/or misused as well as provide suggestions of better ways to measure Linux Performance.


Peter co-founded Percona ( in 2006, assuming the role of CEO. Percona helps companies of all sizes maximize their success with MySQL. Percona was named to the Inc. 5000 in 2013. Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB, eventually leading the company's High Performance Group. A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science. As CEO of Percona, Peter enjoys mixing business leadership with hands on technical expertise. Peter is the co-author of High Performance MySQL published by O’Reilly, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter blogs regularly on and speaks frequently at conferences. Peter lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Peter enjoys travel and spending time outdoors.


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