Monday, 2 October 2017

Better Late than Never: Remote Cache collections

One of the main benefits of Infinispan extending the java.util.Map interface when we introduced our Cache interface  was that users would immediately be able to use a well established and familiar API.

The unfortunate thing about this relationship is that now the Cache interface also has to implement all of the other methods such as keySet, values and entrySet. Originally Infinispan didn't implement these collections or returned an immutable copy (requiring all elements to be in memory). Neither choice is obviously desirable.

This all changed with ISPN-4836 which provided backing implementations of keySet, values and entrySet collections. This means that all methods were now provided and would keep up to date with changes to the underlying Cache and updates to these collections would be persisted down to the Cache. The implementation also didn't keep a copy of all contents and instead allowed for memory efficient iteration. And if the user still wanted to use a copy they could still do that, by iterating over the collection and copying themselves. This later spring boarded our implementation of Distributed Stream as well.

The problem was that the RemoteCache was left in the old state, where some things weren't implemented and others were copies just like how embedded caches used to be.
Well I can now gladly say with the release of Infinispan 9.1 that RemoteCache now has backing implementations of keySet, values and entrySet implemented via ISPN-7900. Thus these collections support all methods on these collections and are backed by the underlying RemoteCache.

Unfortunately the Stream methods on these collections are not distributed like embedded, but we hope to someday improve that as well. Instead these streams must iterate over the cache to perform the operations locally. By default these will pull 10,000 entries at a time to try to make sure that memory is not overburdened on the client. If you want to decrease this number (less memory - lower performance) or increase (more memory - higher performance) you can tweak this by changing the batchSize parameter via ConfigurationBuilder or infinispan.client.hotrod.batch_Size if you use a property based file.

You can read more about this and the remote iterator which drives these collections on our user guide.

We hope you find that this improves your usage of RemoteCaches in the future by allowing you to have backed collections that also allow you to use the improvements of Java 8 with Streams.

If you have yet you can acquire Infinispan 9.1.1 or the latest stable version at

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