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 7.1.5 Using Your Own Benchmarks
 You should definitely benchmark your application and database to find
 out where the bottlenecks are.  By fixing a bottleneck (or by replacing
 it with a "dummy module"), you can then easily identify the next
 bottleneck.  Even if the overall performance for your application
 currently is acceptable, you should at least make a plan for each
 bottleneck, and decide how to solve it if someday you really need the
 extra performance.
 For an example of portable benchmark programs, look at the MySQL
 benchmark suite.  MySQL Benchmarks MySQL Benchmarks. You can take
 any program from this suite and modify it for your needs. By doing
 this, you can try different solutions to your problem and test which
 really is fastest for you.
 Another free benchmark suite is the Open Source Database Benchmark,
 available at `'.
 It is very common for a problem to occur only when the system is very
 heavily loaded. We have had many customers who contact us when they
 have a (tested) system in production and have encountered load
 problems. In most cases, performance problems turn out to be due to
 issues of basic database design (for example, table scans are _not
 good_ at high load) or problems with the operating system or libraries.
 Most of the time, these problems would be a _lot_ easier to fix if the
 systems were not in production.
 To avoid problems like this, you should put some effort into
 benchmarking your whole application under the worst possible load!  You
 can use Super Smack for this. It is available at
 `'.  As the name suggests,
 it can bring a system to its knees if you ask it, so make sure to use
 it only on your development systems.
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