Pitfalls of the MyBatis Caches with Apache Ignite

UPD1: This blog has been published in Java Dzone
UPD2: This blog also published in Habrahabr for Russian reader
UPD3: See also the sample chapter of the book "High performance in-memory computing with Apache Ignite" here.

A week ago, MyBatis and Apache ignite announced of support apache ignite as a MyBatis cache (L2 cache).
technically MyBatis support two levels of Caches:
  1. Local cache, which is always enable by default
  2. L2 cache, optional
As Apache Ignite project is fast growing with it's various functionality, in this blog post we are going to examine the MyBatis support in some details.
The second level cache stores the entity data, but NOT the entities or objects themselves. The data is stored in a 'serialised' format which looks like a hash map where the key is the entity Id, and the value is a list of primitive values.
Here is an example how the cache entries looks like in Apache ignite:
Cache Key: CacheKey [idHash=1499858, hash=2019660929, checksum=800710994, count=6, multiplier=37, hashcode=2019660929, updateList=[com.blu.ignite.mapper.UserMapper.getUserObject, 0, 2147483647, SELECT * FROM all_objects t where t.OBJECT_TYPE='TABLE' and t.object_name=?, USERS, SqlSessionFactoryBean]]
Value class: java.util.ArrayList
Cache Value: [UserObject [idHash=243119413, hash=1658511469, owner=C##DONOTDELETE, object_type=TABLE, object_id=94087, created=Mon Feb 15 13:59:41 MSK 2016, object_name=USERS]]
As for Example, i selected the 'all_objects' objects and the following query from the Oracle Database
SELECT count(*) FROM all_objects;

SELECT * FROM all_objects t where t.OBJECT_TYPE='TABLE' and t.object_name='EMP';

SELECT * FROM all_objects t where t.OBJECT_TYPE='TABLE';
In my case, this given query execution time is ~660 ms in average.
SELECT count(*) FROM all_objects;
And the next following query execution time is more than 700ms:
SELECT t.object_type, count(*) FROM all_objects t group by t.OBJECT_TYPE;
lets add apache ignite as a second level cache and examine the result. If you want to know how to install and configure apache ignite with spring and myBatis, please refer to my previous blog post. Moreover, all the source you can find in github repositories.
As a quick start, lets add the myBatis maven dependency in project.
Then, just specify it in the mapper XML as follows
<mapper namespace="com.blu.ignite.mapper.UserMapper">

    <cache type="org.mybatis.caches.ignite.IgniteCacheAdapter" />

    <select id="getUserObject" parameterType="String" resultType="com.blu.ignite.dto.UserObject" useCache="true">
        SELECT * FROM all_objects t where t.OBJECT_TYPE='TABLE' and t.object_name=#{objectName}
    <select id="getAllObjectsTypeByGroup" parameterType="String" resultType="com.blu.ignite.dto.UobjectGroupBy" useCache="true">
        SELECT t.object_type, count(*) as cnt FROM all_objects t group by t.OBJECT_TYPE

    <select id="allObjectCount" parameterType="String" resultType="String" useCache="true">
        SELECT count(*) FROM all_objects
Also i have the following java mapper
public interface UserMapper {
    User getUser( String id);
    List<string> getUniqueJob();
    UserObject getUserObject(String objectName);
    String allObjectCount();
    List<uobjectgroupby> getAllObjectsTypeByGroup();
and the web service as follows:
@WebService(name = "BusinessRulesServices",
        targetNamespace = "http://com.blu.rules/services")
public class WebServices {
    private UserServices userServices;

    @WebMethod(operationName = "getUserName")
    public String getUserName(String userId){
        User user = userServices.getUser(userId);
        return user.getuName();
    @WebMethod(operationName = "getUserObject")
    public UserObject getUserObject(String objectName){
        return userServices.getUserObject(objectName);
    @WebMethod(operationName = "getUniqueJobs")
    public List<string> getUniqueJobs(){
        return userServices.getUniqueJobs();
    @WebMethod(exclude = true)
    public void setDao(UserServices userServices){
        this.userServices = userServices;
    @WebMethod(operationName = "allObjectCount")
    public String allObjectCount(){
        return userServices.allObjectCount();
    @WebMethod(operationName = "getAllObjectsTypeCntByGroup")
    public List<uobjectgroupby> getAllObjectsTypeCntByGroup(){
        return userServices.getAllObjectCntbyGroup();

If i will invoke the web method 'getAllObjectsTypeCntByGroup' in soupUI, first time it will get very high response time, approximately 1700 ms, because the result is not in the cache. From the second times, response time will be ~4 to ~5 ms.

Invoke web method first time will look like this:
Response time of the second or later invoke of web method
In apache ignite cache entry will look like as follows:

Cache Key: CacheKey [idHash=46158416, hash=1558187086, checksum=2921583030, count=5, multiplier=37, hashcode=1558187086, updateList=[com.blu.ignite.mapper.UserMapper.getAllObjectsTypeByGroup, 0, 2147483647, SELECT t.object_type, count(*) as cnt FROM all_objects t group by t.OBJECT_TYPE, SqlSessionFactoryBean]]
Value class: java.util.ArrayList
Cache Value: [UobjectGroupBy [idHash=2103707742, hash=1378996400, cnt=1, object_type=EDITION], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=333378159, hash=872886462, cnt=444, object_type=INDEX PARTITION], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=756814918, hash=1462794064, cnt=32, object_type=TABLE SUBPARTITION], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=931078572, hash=953621437, cnt=2, object_type=CONSUMER GROUP], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1778706917, hash=1681913927, cnt=256, object_type=SEQUENCE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=246231872, hash=1764800190, cnt=519, object_type=TABLE PARTITION], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1138665719, hash=1030673983, cnt=4, object_type=SCHEDULE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=232948577, hash=1038362844, cnt=1, object_type=RULE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1080301817, hash=646054631, cnt=310, object_type=JAVA DATA], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=657724550, hash=1248576975, cnt=201, object_type=PROCEDURE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=295410055, hash=33504659, cnt=54, object_type=OPERATOR], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=150727006, hash=499210168, cnt=2, object_type=DESTINATION], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1865360077, hash=727903197, cnt=9, object_type=WINDOW], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=582342926, hash=1060308675, cnt=4, object_type=SCHEDULER GROUP], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1968399647, hash=1205380883, cnt=1306, object_type=PACKAGE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1495061270, hash=1345537223, cnt=1245, object_type=PACKAGE BODY], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1328790450, hash=1823695135, cnt=228, object_type=LIBRARY], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1128429299, hash=1267824468, cnt=10, object_type=PROGRAM], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=760711193, hash=1240703242, cnt=17, object_type=RULE SET], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=317487814, hash=61657487, cnt=10, object_type=CONTEXT], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1079028994, hash=1960895356, cnt=229, object_type=TYPE BODY], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=276147733, hash=873140579, cnt=44, object_type=XML SCHEMA], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=24378178, hash=1621363993, cnt=1014, object_type=JAVA RESOURCE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1891142624, hash=90282027, cnt=10, object_type=DIRECTORY], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=902107208, hash=1995006200, cnt=593, object_type=TRIGGER], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=142411235, hash=444983119, cnt=14, object_type=JOB CLASS], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=373966405, hash=1518992835, cnt=3494, object_type=INDEX], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=580466919, hash=1394644601, cnt=2422, object_type=TABLE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1061370796, hash=1861472837, cnt=37082, object_type=SYNONYM], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1609659322, hash=1543110475, cnt=6487, object_type=VIEW], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=458063471, hash=1317758482, cnt=346, object_type=FUNCTION], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1886921697, hash=424653540, cnt=7, object_type=INDEXTYPE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1455482905, hash=1776171634, cnt=30816, object_type=JAVA CLASS], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=49819096, hash=2110362533, cnt=2, object_type=JAVA SOURCE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1916179950, hash=1760023032, cnt=10, object_type=CLUSTER], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1138808674, hash=215713426, cnt=2536, object_type=TYPE], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=305229607, hash=340664529, cnt=23, object_type=JOB], UobjectGroupBy [idHash=1365509716, hash=623631686, cnt=12, object_type=EVALUATION CONTEXT]]

Performance gain:
With simple calculation we can define the performance gain that we have got: Response Time without cache/Response Time with cache = 1589ms/6ms ~265X faster, or (Response Time without cache - Response Time with Cache)/ Response Time with cache * 100 = (1589-6)/6*100 ~ 26383% percent faster.

Conclusion: Expensive database operation can be reduce by using L2 cache, properly using L2 cache in MyBatis can increase the application performance from 10 to 20 times. Apache Ignite in memory data grid is a very suitable candidate for this purpose, certainly, you can also use Hazelcast, EhCache or any other Caching tools.

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