MySQL Practices: How to Handle Slow SQL Execution Due to Time Zone Setting

1) Terms

2) Symptoms

From 22:03:00 to 22:04:00 on March 19, 2020, a large number of active connections of MySQL 8.0 instances were accumulated, a large number of low-cost queries were recorded in slow logs, and the CPU utilization was low but the sys CPU utilization fluctuated abnormally.

3) Troubleshooting

3.1) Operating System

The following factors may cause lag:

  • MySQL mechanism

3.2) MySQL

After we exclude exceptions on the operating system, we start to analyze the call stacks of the MySQL process.

void Time_zone_system::gmt_sec_to_TIME(MYSQL_TIME *tmp, my_time_t t) const {  struct tm tmp_tm;  time_t tmp_t = (time_t)t;  localtime_r(&tmp_t, &tmp_tm);  localtime_to_TIME(tmp, &tmp_tm);  tmp->time_type = MYSQL_TIMESTAMP_DATETIME;  adjust_leap_second(tmp);}
/* Return the `struct tm' representation of *T in local time,   using *TP to store the result.  */struct tm *__localtime_r (t, tp)     const time_t *t;     struct tm *tp;{  return __tz_convert (t, 1, tp);}weak_alias (__localtime_r, localtime_r)
/* Return the `struct tm' representation of *TIMER in the local timezone. Use local time if USE_LOCALTIME is nonzero, UTC otherwise.  */struct tm *__tz_convert (const time_t *timer, int use_localtime, struct tm *tp){long int leap_correction;int leap_extra_secs;if (timer == NULL)
__set_errno (EINVAL);
return NULL;
__libc_lock_lock (tzset_lock);
/* Update internal database according to current TZ setting.
POSIX.1 says that localtime_r is not required to set tzname.
This is a good idea since this allows at least a bit more parallelism. */
tzset_internal (tp == &_tmbuf && use_localtime, 1);
if (__use_tzfile)
__tzfile_compute (*timer, use_localtime, &leap_correction,
&leap_extra_secs, tp);
if (! __offtime (timer, 0, tp))
tp = NULL;
__tz_compute (*timer, tp, use_localtime);
leap_correction = 0L;
leap_extra_secs = 0;
if (tp)
if (! use_localtime)
tp->tm_isdst = 0;
tp->tm_zone = "GMT";
tp->tm_gmtoff = 0L;
if (__offtime (timer, tp->tm_gmtoff - leap_correction, tp))
tp->tm_sec += leap_extra_secs;
tp = NULL;
__libc_lock_unlock (tzset_lock);
return tp;
#if IS_IN (libc) || IS_IN (libpthread)# ifndef __libc_lock_lock#  define __libc_lock_lock(NAME) \  ({ lll_lock (NAME, LLL_PRIVATE); 0; })# endif#else# undef __libc_lock_lock# define __libc_lock_lock(NAME) \  __libc_maybe_call (__pthread_mutex_lock, (&(NAME)), 0)#endif
static inline void
__attribute__ ((always_inline))
__lll_lock (int *futex, int private)
int val = atomic_compare_and_exchange_val_24_acq (futex, 1, 0);
if (__glibc_unlikely (val ! = 0))
if (__builtin_constant_p (private) && private == LLL_PRIVATE)
__lll_lock_wait_private (futex);
__lll_lock_wait (futex, private);
#define lll_lock(futex, private) __lll_lock (&(futex), private)
bool Field_timestampf::get_date_internal(MYSQL_TIME *ltime) {
THD *thd = table ? table->in_use : current_thd;
struct timeval tm;
my_timestamp_from_binary(&tm, ptr, dec);
if (tm.tv_sec == 0) return true;
thd->time_zone()->gmt_sec_to_TIME(ltime, tm);
return false;
# Slow query
create_time, update_time,
FROM mytab
WHERE duid IN (?,?,?,?,? )
and (state in (2, 3)
or ptype ! =0)
# Queried table
CREATE TABLE `mytab` (
`id` int(11) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
`duid` char(32) NOT NULL,
`state` tinyint(2) unsigned NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',
`ptype` tinyint(4) NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',

4) Troubleshooting

According to the previous analysis, the futex lock contention on the operating system due to the Time_zone_system::gmt_sec_to_TIME() method causes low-cost queries to be slow. To avoid calling the method, change the value of the time_zone parameter from the system to the local time zone in the instance console. For example, change the value to +8:00.

5) Best Practices

If a high-concurrency application involves high-frequency access to timestamps:

  • After MySQL 5.7, Datetime types contain the default value of timestamp types and support the on update current_timestamp property. Therefore, we recommend using Datetime types instead of Timestamp types.

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