7.3 Release Highlights

The SingleStore 7.3 release is focused on storage, query processing, and programmability. As Universal Storage evolves, useful features such as columnstore as a default and support for upserts into columnstore tables have been added. Other highlights include data definition language (DDL) forwarding from child to master aggregator, a new, safer command for promoting a child to master aggregator, support for large queries that join over 30 tables, and a variety of new engine variables.

System of Record

  • Added three information schema views: mv_aggregated_replication_status, mv_replication_status, and lmv_replication_status to monitor the progress of a DR replication. Users can now view the aggregated replication status of each database (including partition-level details) and replication links between the primary and the secondary cluster to know if there is any lag in replication, and view statistics related to the lag.

  • Added a new column, type, to the Backup History Table. This column shows the type of backup and can be accessed by querying the information_schema.MV_BACKUP_HISTORY table.

  • Tables that define a unique key using UNENFORCED now have an INDEX_TYPE of NONE in the information schema. The INDEX_TYPE was listed as BTREE in previous versions.


  • Implemented forwarding of data definition language (DDL) commands from child to master aggregator. Previously, these commands could only be run on a master aggregator. See Node Requirements for SingleStore Commands for more information about how to enable this feature.

  • Database-level DDL and clustering operations are now allowed to run in parallel across databases.

  • Added new command REBALANCE ALL DATABASES, which rebalances the partitions on all databases in the cluster.

  • Added the FULL option to REBALANCE PARTITIONS which takes effect when the number of partitions in the database is not divisible by the number of leaves. The extra partitions are placed on the leaves containing the fewest number of partitions.

  • Added new command PROMOTE AGGREGATOR … TO MASTER for all use cases that require promotion of a child aggregator to master, aside from permanent loss of the master aggregator.

  • Added the information schema view MV_BACKUP_STATUS for monitoring backup progress.

Universal Storage

  • Added support for INSERT … ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE, INSERT … IGNORE, and REPLACE on columnstore tables.

  • Added the columnstore as default feature, which allows you to create a columnstore table using standard CREATE TABLE syntax.

  • Added support for the LOAD DATA ... [REPLACE | IGNORE | SKIP { ALL | CONSTRAINT | DUPLICATE KEY } ERRORS] semantics for ingesting data into columnstore tables with unique keys. These semantics allow duplicate keys to be handled without returning an error to the client application. See example 10 in LOAD DATA.

  • Added support for upserts on columnstore tables using Pipelines.

Query Optimization

  • Improved optimization of queries with large numbers of tables being joined. Join optimization is now significantly faster and adaptively handles very large join sizes to provide good execution plans while keeping query optimization time low. The engine variable distributed_optimizer_max_join_size is now deprecated and replaced by new variables distributed_optimizer_unrestricted_search_threshold, distributed_optimizer_min_join_size_run_initial_heuristics, and singlebox_optimizer_cost_based_threshold - see their descriptions in the Sync Variables Lists for further information on configuring these variables.

  • Added a new engine variableprofile_for_debug which can be used to enable collection of additional data with PROFILE that can be displayed using SHOW PROFILE JSON and is useful for troubleshooting query optimizer issues. For more information, see PROFILE.

  • Improved selectivity estimation by using sampling and histograms together, when both are available. This improvement only applies when cardinality_estimation_level is set to 7.3 or higher. By default, cardinality_estimation_level is set to 7.1.

  • Decreased query optimization cost of lookups of query plans from the on-disk plancache.

Query Execution

  • Decreased the in-memory size of query plans by up to 80%.

  • Implemented optimizations for system information schema queries, resulting in significant performance increases for tables such as index_statistics, column_statistics, and columnar_segments in particular.

  • Added support for EXPLAIN and PROFILE queries in stored procedures.

Usability and Programmability

  • Added a new aggregate function APPROX_PERCENTILE that calculates the approximate percentile and is about 10 times faster than the PERCENTILE_DISC and PERCENTILE_CONT functions.

  • The USING clause of query text is no longer captured as part of audit logging. It is now included in the output of SHOW PROCESSLIST in a new column titled RPC Info.

  • Added a new JSON function, JSON_AGG, that aggregates values as a JSON array.

    • Added a new variable, json_agg_max_len, which is the maximum string length JSON_AGG can return in bytes.

      For more information, see the Non-Sync Variables List.

  • The ALTER permission is no longer required for ANALYZE (SELECT and either ALTER or INSERT are required).

  • Added support for defining User-Defined Variables, via SELECT INTO @varname.


  • Added support for publishing data to Google Cloud Storage (GCS) via SELECT … INTO GCS.

  • Added support for specifying the chunk size while uploading data to an Amazon S3 bucket via SELECT … INTO S3 to enable output of very large files.

  • SingleStore Pipelines now supports new Avro schema evolution capabilities. Hostname or IP address of the schema registry can be specified at the time of Pipeline creation; any changes to the schema can be easily viewed by the Pipelines. If fields are added to the Avro schema, the Pipelines can be modified without stopping and losing any offsets.

  • Added new option, max_retries_per_batch_partition, for Filesystem Pipeline Syntax and ALTER PIPELINE. When set, this determines the number of retries that will be attempted for writing batch partition data to the destination table. Specifying fewer retries when there is a large amount of data to load can be useful for conserving resources; the reverse is true for increasing the number of retries for smaller tables where performance is less of a concern.

  • Added a new option to the CONFIG clause of CREATE PIPELINE for Filesystem pipelines called process_zero_byte_files. Enabling this option ensures zero byte files are processed. Otherwise they are skipped by default.

Small Fixes and Otherwise Uncategorized Items

  • Improved the performance of columnstore batch deletes on certain column encodings.

  • Reduced memory usage for columnstore updates and deletes.

  • More concurrent operations are now allowed on the database level.

  • Added SORT KEY(...) as an alias for KEY(...) USING CLUSTERED COLUMNSTORE.

  • Added a new variable, columnstore_row_value_table_lock_threshold, that sets the threshold at which multiple inserts to a columnstore table with unique keys will switch from row value locking to table locking. For more information, see the Sync Variables Lists.

  • Added two engine variables: internal_columnstore_validate_blob_after_write and internal_columnstore_validate_blob_before_read that control verification of the checksum of a blob immediately after it is created, and before reading it, respectively.

  • Fixed a bug where some materialized common table expressions (CTEs) with cross database joins would not run because the table holding the CTE result set was assigned to the wrong database.

  • Fixed an issue where JSON_EXTRACT_STRING() was not respecting json_extract_string_collation when extracting strings from columnstore tables.

  • Fixed an issue that caused RESTORE DATABASE FROM filesystem to result in an unbalanced distribution of partitions among nodes in the restored database.

  • Previously, running ALTER VIEW on a schema-bound view could cause recovery to fail to create a new schema-bound view referring to the altered view. This action has been disallowed.

  • Changed how SingleStore looks for files when configuring SSL. SingleStore expects an absolute path (/path/to/files). If you specify a relative path (./path/to/files), SingleStore first looks for the path relative to the location of the memsql.cnf file. If that fails, SingleStore looks for the path relative to the current working directory. If neither of those paths work, the operation fails.

  • JSON_EXTRACT_BIGINT now returns a SQL NULL value when the value of a key is JSON-NULL or otherwise undefined. Previously, this function returned 0 (not null) when using columnstore.

  • Tables created with syntax such as CREATE TABLE … AS SELECT will no longer inherit AUTO_INCREMENT behavior. For example, if CREATE TABLE table_1 AS SELECT * FROM table_2 is used to create table_1 where table_2 has an AUTO_INCREMENT column, it will be created as a non-auto-increment column in table_1.

  • SingleStore now supports aliases for column names in a PIVOT.

  • information_schema.MV_COLUMNSTORE_FILES now includes files showing global secondary index disk usage.

  • information_schema.MV_BLOCKED_QUERIES now shows queries on columnstore tables that are blocked.

  • Added connection link feature that stores connection details (credentials and configurations) to supported data providers such as S3, Azure, GCS, HDFS, and Kafka. Permitted users can run commands such as BACKUP,RESTORE, CREATE PIPELINE, and SELECT … INTO without specifying the connection details.

Last modified: July 12, 2022

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