[Tarantool-patches] [PATCH] net.box: allow to store user-defined fields in future object

Vladimir Davydov vdavydov at tarantool.org
Fri Aug 13 12:57:00 MSK 2021

On Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 09:13:56PM +0300, Igor Munkin wrote:
> Vova,
> Thanks for the patch! I am curious why Lua tables are not chosen for
> storing users data? It looks more natural (kinda netbox request storage
> that would be similar to the fiber's one), and easier to implement. Of
> course the only thing bothering me about Lua tables usage is Lua GC
> pressure. However:
> * Whether there are *too* much entries, TABOV might occur for REGISTRY
>   table and keeping many tables (especially short living ones) at once
>   is also not such good option.
> * In case there are *just* much entries, I perhaps that REGISTRY
>   performance is better that spawning lots of tables. Anyway, I haven't
>   look on the mhash implementation, so I have no estimations about its
>   perfomance. I see they are created and destroyed manually, but Lua
>   tables are within the GC reign, so some time is spent on their
>   traversal. At the same time, REGISTRY traversal is atomic, so
>   inflating it also affects the time spent on a particular incremental
>   GC step. Too much theory, BTW. Benchmarks are required for this case.
> * If this is more an exceptional option (that's I doubt considering
>   Yaroslav complains regarding this functionality breakage), then any of
>   the option is fine IMHO, so the most convenient is preferable.
> It would be great to see the comparison for your current implementation
> and the one using Lua tables. The most interesting workload is a bunch
> of short-term requests, I guess.

According to my measurements, Lua tables perform slightly better (+1%)
than mhash. The code looks simpler as well so I'll go with Lua tables.
Will send v3 in reply to this email. Thanks!

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