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Tuesday January 15, 2008
06:25 PM

Introducing Cache::Memcached::LibMemcached

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Last weekend, in seeing a blog post (note, it's in Japanese), I realized that while there is a version being developed by Tim Bunce, nobody had written a Cache::Memcached compatible interface to libmemcached.

Ah well there is one now. It's now available on CPAN

I'm really glad I wrote it, libmemcached is blazing fast!

Here's the output of running the benchmark included with the distro on my laptop:

  daisuke@beefcake Cache-Memcached-LibMemcached$ perl -Mblib tools/
  ==== Benchmark "Simple get() (scalar)" ====
                  Rate  perl_memcahed memcached_fast   libmemcached
  perl_memcahed  3837/s             --           -80%           -88%
  memcached_fast 18939/s           394%             --           -42%
  libmemcached   32895/s           757%            74%             --
  ==== Benchmark "Simple get() (w/serialize)" ====
                    Rate  perl_memcahed memcached_fast   libmemcached
  perl_memcahed   3658/s             --           -77%           -84%
  memcached_fast 16077/s           340%             --           -29%
  libmemcached   22727/s           521%            41%             --
  ==== Benchmark "Simple get() (w/compression)" ====
                    Rate  perl_memcahed memcached_fast   libmemcached
  perl_memcahed   3720/s             --           -74%           -81%
  memcached_fast 14535/s           291%             --           -27%
  libmemcached   19841/s           433%            37%             --
  ==== Benchmark "Simple set() (scalar)" ====
                    Rate  perl_memcahed memcached_fast   libmemcached
  perl_memcahed   7163/s             --           -61%           -77%
  memcached_fast 18519/s           159%             --           -41%
  libmemcached   31447/s           339%            70%             --
  ==== Benchmark "Simple set() (w/serialize)" ====
                   Rate  perl_memcahed memcached_fast   libmemcached
  perl_memcahed  3529/s             --           -31%           -41%
  memcached_fast 5086/s            44%             --           -15%
  libmemcached   6002/s            70%            18%             --
  ==== Benchmark "Simple set() (w/compress)" ====
                    Rate  perl_memcahed   libmemcached memcached_fast
  perl_memcahed   6684/s             --           -39%           -63%
  libmemcached   10989/s            64%             --           -39%
  memcached_fast 17986/s           169%            64%         --

Of course, there are some loose ends. First, there's that last benchmark entry (set w/compression) where Cache::Memcached::Fast is faster than libmemcached. I haven't really looked into it. Also, I haven't implemented stat() and the various libmemcached-specific stuff like consistent hashing, mostly because I've run out of tuits for now. Patches and/or comments are welcome. the svn repository is at

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  • Heya, I just got it working and I'm playing around with it. I wanted to give you a heads up that there seems to be a typo in the synopsis. "serves" should be "servers" ?

    serves => [ "", "", "/var/sock/memcached" ],
  • Hi lestrrat.

    I only discovered your module after I was well into the development of mine. My Memcached::libmemcached module has a different focus to yours. It aims to be a complete interface to the (feature rich) libmemcached library, while also being very fast.

    I always figured that there would be a separate module layered over it to provide a Cache::Memcached compatible interface.

    Once Memcached::libmemcached gains sufficient features perhaps you'd consider refactoring your module to use Memcached::li

    • I personally have no problem going that route, the only reason I took the other route is because I didn't know if Module::libmemcached was going to be released any time soon. I figured you might eventually come around to releasing it, but at the same time I wanted to try to see just how good libmemcached was, like, now :)

      I suppose the only concern I have is just how much impact it would have as far as performance goes, to have another layer between Cache::Memcached::LibMemcached and libmemcached.
      • Great.

        Re performance, I think I have a reputation for being paranoid about performance :)
        We'll have to see how things work out in practice.

        Meanwhile I'm glad your module exists as it takes the pressure off me to support the Cache::* API in the short term. Thanks.