Have you ever thought that your SSD storage just doesn't seem anywhere near as fast as advertised? What if I told you that a couple of small changes to your Linux servers had the potential to more than double the amount of throughput your MySQL servers could handle while simultaneously reducing query response time by around 50 percent? It's not a dream, Neo.
If you're still in a traditional data center and/or your MySQL footprint lives on spinning rust, then you might want to take the blue pill, attend a different session, and believe whatever you want to believe.
However, if your server footprint runs inside Amazon Web Services or if you use SSDs in any fashion, I invite you to take the red pill and come with me on a journey down the rabbit hole, where we'll discuss such things as the Linux block IO driver, CPU starvation, and interrupt handling, using real-world query performance data from the primary MySQL data stores at Pinterest to illustrate the effect.