The MySQL 5.7 changelog mentions:
"Beginning with MySQL 5.7.2, UPDATE_TIME displays a timestamp value for the last UPDATE, INSERT, or DELETE performed on InnoDB tables. Previously, UPDATE_TIME displayed a NULL value for InnoDB tables. For MVCC, the timestamp value reflects the COMMIT time, which is considered the last update time. Timestamps are not persisted when the server is restarted or when the table is evicted from the InnoDB data dictionary cache."
This is great news! However, I would in fact need the UPDATE_TIME to persist across database server resets. Is this feature being considered or discussed? Where might I find it online?