How to scale writes with master-master replication in MySQL

This post is SEO bait for people trying to scale MySQL’s write capacity by writing to both servers in master-master replication. The short answer: you can’t do it. It’s impossible.

I keep hearing this line of reasoning: “if I make a MySQL replication ‘cluster’ and move half the writes to machine A and half of them to machine B, I can increase my overall write capacity.” It’s a fallacy. All writes are repeated on both machines: the writes you do on machine A are repeated via replication on machine B, and vice versa. You don’t shield either machine from any of the load.

In addition, doing this introduces a very dangerous side effect: in case of a problem, neither machine has the authoritative data. Neither machine’s data can be trusted, but neither machine’s data can be discarded either. This is a very difficult situation to recover from. Save yourself grief, work, and money. Never write to both masters.


About The Author

Baron is the founder and CEO of VividCortex. He is the author of High Performance MySQL and many open-source tools for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. Baron contributes to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB.


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