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Find out how to improve the performance of your PHP applications using memcache. Presented at Bangalore PHP user group meetup on 29-May-2010

Find out how to improve the performance of your PHP applications using memcache. Presented at Bangalore PHP user group meetup on 29-May-2010

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    • Using Memcache to improve PHP performance
      Sudar Muthu (@sudarmuthu)
      http://sudarmuthu.com
      Research Engineer
      Yahoo Research
      Bangalore PHP user group
      29-May-2010
    • Agenda
      Overview
      Memcache Principles
      How Memcache works
      General Usage
      Memcache Limits
      Client Libraries
      Common Use cases
      Tips for optimization
      Using Memcache in WordPress
    • Overview
      A high-performance Distributed Memory Object Caching System
      Intended for speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.
      Open source & distributed under a “permissive free software licence”.
      Uses RAM for storage
      Acts as a dictionary of stored data with key /value pairs
    • Memcache Principles
      It is not a database
      It does not provide redundancy
      It doesn't handle failover
      It does not provide authentication
      It does not allow locks
      No direct dump or backup possible
    • How Memcache works
      Two stage hash, like a giant hash table looking up key=value pairs
      Client hashes the key against a list of servers
      When the server is identified, the client sends its request
      Server performs a hash key lookup for the actual data
    • General Usage
      First look up in memcache before querying the database.
      If present, return it.
      Else query the database, store it in memcache and return it.
      If the data changes, delete it from cache.
    • Memcache Limits
      A single value cannot contain more than 1 MB of data.
      A single key cannot be more than 250 characters in length.
      Normally a single memcache instance cannot be more than 2 GB in size.
    • Client Libraries
      Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, C#, C
      PostgreSQL (access memcached from procs and triggers)
      MySQL (adds memcache_engine storage engine)
      PHP (pecl/memcache)
    • Client Libraries – PHP API
      Key Methods
      • boolMemcache::connect ( string $host [, int $port [, int $timeout ]] )
      • boolMemcache::set( string $key , mixed $var [, int $flag [, int $expire ]] )
      • string Memcache::get ( string $key [, int &$flags ] )
      • boolMemcache::delete ( string $key [, int $timeout ] )
      More: http://www.php.net/memcache
    • Common Use cases - 1
      Simple query result caching
      $key = ”some:unique:key"; 
      if ($memcache‐>get($key)) {    
      return $memcache‐>get($key); 
      }  else {    
      // Run the query get the result data $result = $db‐>query(“query”);      $memcache‐>set($key, $result, TRUE, 300); 
      // Store the result of the query for 5 minutes      return $result; 

    • Common Use cases - 2
      Caching network/webservice calls
      $key = ”some:unique:key";
      if ($memcache->get($key)) {
      return $memcache->get($key);
      } else {
      // Download the page
      $url = ”Your webserviceurl";
      $result = fetch($url);
      $memcache->set($key, $result, false, 86400);
      // Store the result of the query for a day
      return $result;
      }
    • Common Use cases - 3
      Throttle user activity
      $key = “some:unique:key”;
      if ($memcache->get($key)) {
      //Deny access
      return false;
      } else {
      $memcache->set($key, “1”, false, 60);
      //Allow access
      return true;
      }
    • Tips for Optimization
      Pre warm your cache using scripts
      Batch your requests using multi-get
      values= get(Array(“Foo”,”Bar”,”Baz”))
      Cache things other than SQL data!
      XML, HTML, Page fragments
      Replicate data across clusters
      Do set/delete in multiple clusters 
      Read from either cluster
      Run multiple instances on the same server
      If you know the data, implement a simple encoding scheme
    • Using Memcache in WordPress
      Download Memcached Object Cache Plugin from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/memcached/
      Set up memcached servers
      Install peclmemcacheextention
      Copy object-cache.php to wp-content directory (not the Pluing’s directory)
      You are done 
    • Questions?
      Thank you