MySQL plans to slap Drupal. Geek fight!Posted November 10th, 2007 by Chris
A couple days ago I attended the monthly Boise geek-together (The Boise Web Technologies Meetup) where we had a round-table discussion on our software development process, mostly regarding web applications. There were folks there from a number of different disciplines, ages and experience, and it was nice to hear how different-sized organizations set up their systems.
There was a representative there from MySQL, who presented a couple Meetups ago (a super cool presentation by the way), who mentioned that he was planning to do some load testing on MySQL using Drupal as a platform. The load test is apparently called a "slap", and the visuals that it brings to mind are amusing. If I had more energy at this early hour, I'd put together a graphic of personified logos duking it out.
Splitting Drupal across different servers
The "slap" will test if there could be a performance boost by splitting up different types of queries between different servers through a proxy. So for instance, all read queries could go to one server, and write ones to another, or possibly splitting up heavy-load pages between servers on a page-by-page basis. He said that he would probably be doing the testing sometime in December, though he's not guaranteeing that the tests will actually bring about any kind of epiphanies in how to optimize Drupal across multiple servers.
I just thought it was pretty cool that a real MySQL guy is going to be using Drupal to test MySQL.