I had a quick look at the source tree (I haven’t compiled it, just read the source – that’s what I do. I challenge any C/C++ compiler to keep up with my brain!) that’s got a tarball up on labs.mysql.com for the memcached interface to innodb. A few quick thoughts:
- Where’s the Bazaar tree on launchpad? I hate pulling tarballs, following the dev tree is much more interesting from a tech perspective (especially for early development releases). I note that the NDB memcached stuff is up on launchpad now, so yay there. I would love it if the InnoDB team in general was much more open with development, especially with having source trees up on launchpad.
- It embeds a copy of the memcached server engines branch into the MySQL tree. This is probably the correct way to go. There is no real sense in re-implementing the protocol and network stack (this is about half what memcached is anyway).
- The copy of the memcached engine branch seems to be a few months old.
- The current documentation appears to be the source code.
- The innodb_memcached plugin embeds a memcached server using an API to InnoDB inside the MySQL server process (basically so it can access the same instance of InnoDB as a running MySQL server).
- There’s a bit of something that kind-of looks similar to the Embedded InnoDB (now HailDB) API being used to link InnoDB and memcached together. I can understand why they didn’t go through the MySQL handler interface… this would be bracing to say the least to get correct. InnoDB APIs, much more likely to have fewer bugs.
- If this accepted JSON and spat it back out… how fast would MongoDB die? weeks? months?
- The above dot point would be a lot more likely if adding a column to an InnoDB table didn’t involve epic amounts of IO.
- I’ve been wanting a good memcached protocol inside Drizzle, we have ,of course, focused on stability of what we do have first. That being said…. upgrade my flight home so I can open a laptop… probably be done well before I land….. (assuming I don’t get to it in the 15 other awesome things I want to hack on this week)