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From Emmanuel Lécharny <>
Subject Re: [Mavibot] Need for a cache to replace the WeakReferences...
Date Mon, 02 Sep 2013 21:49:24 GMT

Otherwise, I just found this :

AL 2.0, so we may use it.

Worth a try, IMO.

Le 9/2/13 7:11 PM, Mohit Srivastava a écrit :
> I think we can use EhCache for now. Also modify it for our purposes.
> On 2 September 2013 14:32, Emmanuel Lécharny <> wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>> I have done some tests a week ago on Mavibot partition. It appears that
>> we have a serious performance issue as soon as the JVM memory is
>> completly eaten, when adding some entries. What happens is that we start
>> to discard some pages as they are hold by WeakReferences, and the GC has
>> to do quite a expensive processing to get back some free memory. This
>> slows down the add operation so much (by at least a factor 10) that it's
>> not possible to keep going with WeakReferences (or SoftReferences).
>> At this point, the best solution would be to use a cache to replace this
>> mechanism.
>> There are different things we can cache :
>> o PageIo : it's useless, as we still have to deserialize them afterward
>> o Nodes and Leaves : They contain references to other Nodes or Leaves,
>> and for Leaves, reference to data. Holding the upper Nodes would save us
>> a lot of time
>> o Data : the ultimate objects to cache : having the object in cache
>> spares us the time it takes to searcj it in a Btree
>> A few other things to consider :
>> o we need a versionned cache : all the elements may be versionned.
>> o each BTree may be cached, with different configuation (some BTree may
>> be used rarely, other may be heavily used, requiring a more aggressive
>> cache configuration)
>> o the Cache must not use locks, but CAS (Compare-And-Swap) for better
>> performance
>> At this point, I suggest using EhCache as a first approach, in order to
>> leverage the cache we already use in the server, but we may want to
>> design our own LRU cache (something that should not be too complex to
>> implement).
>> Thoughts ?
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Cordialement,
>> Emmanuel Lécharny

Emmanuel Lécharny 

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