8.13.3. Engine Condition Pushdown Optimization

This optimization improves the efficiency of direct comparisons between a nonindexed column and a constant. In such cases, the condition is "pushed down" to the storage engine for evaluation. This optimization can be used only by the NDB storage engine.


The NDB storage engine is currently not available in MySQL 5.7. If you are interested in using MySQL Cluster, see MySQL Cluster NDB 7.2, which provides information about MySQL Cluster NDB 7.2, which is based on MySQL 5.5 but contains the latest improvements and fixes for NDBCLUSTER.

For MySQL Cluster, this optimization can eliminate the need to send nonmatching rows over the network between the cluster's data nodes and the MySQL Server that issued the query, and can speed up queries where it is used by a factor of 5 to 10 times over cases where condition pushdown could be but is not used.

Suppose that a MySQL Cluster table is defined as follows:

CREATE TABLE t1 (    a INT,    b INT,    KEY(a)) ENGINE=NDB;

Condition pushdown can be used with queries such as the one shown here, which includes a comparison between a nonindexed column and a constant:

SELECT a, b FROM t1 WHERE b = 10;

The use of condition pushdown can be seen in the output of EXPLAIN:

        10\G*************************** 1. row ***************************           id: 1  select_type: SIMPLE        table: t1         type: ALLpossible_keys: NULL          key: NULL      key_len: NULL          ref: NULL         rows: 10        Extra: Using where with pushed condition

However, condition pushdown cannot be used with either of these two queries:

SELECT a,b FROM t1 WHERE a = 10;SELECT a,b FROM t1 WHERE b + 1 = 10;

Condition pushdown is not applicable to the first query because an index exists on column a. (An index access method would be more efficient and so would be chosen in preference to condition pushdown.) Condition pushdown cannot be employed for the second query because the comparison involving the nonindexed column b is indirect. (However, condition pushdown could be applied if you were to reduce b + 1 = 10 to b = 9 in the WHERE clause.)

Condition pushdown may also be employed when an indexed column is compared with a constant using a > or < operator:

mysql> EXPLAIN SELECT a, b FROM t1 WHERE a <
        2\G*************************** 1. row ***************************           id: 1  select_type: SIMPLE        table: t1         type: rangepossible_keys: a          key: a      key_len: 5          ref: NULL         rows: 2        Extra: Using where with pushed condition

Other supported comparisons for condition pushdown include the following:

In all of the cases in the preceding list, it is possible for the condition to be converted into the form of one or more direct comparisons between a column and a constant.

Engine condition pushdown is enabled by default. To disable it at server startup, set the optimizer_switch system variable. For example, in a my.cnf file, use these lines:


At runtime, enable condition pushdown like this:

SET optimizer_switch='engine_condition_pushdown=off';

Limitations. Engine condition pushdown is subject to the following limitations:

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